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Explanatory 5 

Correspondents 7 

Authorities 9 

Origin, Emigration and Settlement 13-20 

Stephen Fosdick, progenitor, and his family .... 21-29 
John Fosdick, second lineal ancestor, and his family . . 31-35 
Samuel Fosdick let, third lineal ancestor, and his family 37-i4 
Samuel Fosdick 2d, fourth lineal ancestor, and his family 45-54 
Samuel Fosdick 3d, fifth lineal ancestor, and his family 55-64 

Children of Samuel Fosdick 3d, and their descendants 65-130 



Silas Fosdick and his descendants 71-76 

Sarah Fosdick Brown and her descendants 77-79 

Samuel Fosdick 4th, and his descendants Sl-84 

Nathaniel Fosdick and his descendants 85-90 

Anna Fosdick Valentine and her descendants 91-95 

Prudence Fosdick Lawrence and her descendants . . . 97-100 
Rebecca Fosdick Hines and her descendants .... 101, 102 

Morris Fosdick and his descendants 103-118 

Thomas Fosdick and his descendants 119 

Solomon Fosdick and his descendants 121-13:1 

Longevity Note 131 

Index 133-136 


Some twelve years ago, I undertook, as a pastime, 
to gather such information concerning my family an- 
cestry and connections as an amateur in such work, 
with but few facts in hand as the basis of inquiry, 
might conveniently obtain. The facility, however, 
with which the ancestral line and collateral branches 
were unfolded by the records examined, led to an ex- 
tension of the inquiry, and many names and items of 
interest pertaining to various branches of the Fosdick 
family were obtained, and grouped and arranged in a 
general manuscript record of the family at large. Of 
these names, those contained in the Oyster Bay 
branch, constitute a little more than one third only. 
In undertaking now to accede to requests made from 
time to time to print, it was obvious that to include all 
the branches would materially increase the time and 
labor required for the work ; and indeed, would be well 
nigh impracticable oq my part, as it would call for an 
effort toward completeness as to all the branches which 
would involve extended research and visitation to lo- 
calities, requiring more time and attention than are 
compatible with the daily demands of business life. 
This consideration and the circumstance that the lim- 
itation to a single branch would allow of particular 
reference to some incidents and data, which, while of 
interest to its members, might not be deemed of suffic- 
ient import to be inserted in a general record, induced 
me to confine the following pages to the branch which 
was the primary subject of inq^uiry. 


I selected Oyster Bay as the distinctive term to 
designate this branch, because that is the place where 
its founder, Samuel Fosdick 3d, resided during the 
greater part of his life, and was the birthplace of all 
his children. In my investigation of this branch its 
records were found to be scattered and fragmentary, 
and although, by the aid of its representatives, they 
have been obtained to the extent indicated by the fol- 
fowing record, yet the record is necessarily far from 
complete, and it is submitted to the representatives of 
this branch (for whom exclusively it is printed) with 
the request that they will freely suggest to me such 
corrections and additions as they shall find it to need. 

It is owing to the interest and liberality of Hon. 
Morris Fosdick, father of the compiler, who bears the 
expense of passing these pages through the press, that 
the work is thus put in permanent form for preserva- 
tion and distribution. L. L. F. 

Jamaica, Queens Co., N. Y., Nov. 7, 1891. 



*Silas H. Davis Cleveland, N. Y. 

John E. Davis " " 

Mrs. Mary G. Mascho Elmer, Pa. 

Mrs. Sarah Knapp Burdett, N. Y. 

*William B. Fosdick Rochester, Mich. 

Nelson B. Fosdick " " 

James Mullen Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 

*Mrs. Sarah E. Phillips Freedom Plains, N. Y. 

Charles Bostwick Verbank, N. Y. 

Miss Mary Fosdick Chatsworth, 111. 

John N. Fosdick Fort Dodge, Iowa 

Erastus H. Fosdick Pittsgrove, N. J. 

Mrs. Anna Gardner Norwalk, O. 

Nathan Fosdick Big Flats, N. Y. 

Mrs. E. C. Van Brunt Augusta, 111. 

Joseph P. Fosdyck " 

Mrs. E. B. Wood 

*Mrs. Rachel Sexton Wellsville, N. Y. 

J. Valentine Pugsley Riverhead, N. Y. 

Miss Annie Pugsley " " 

*Mrs. Sarah P. Becraft Sloatsburgh, N. Y. 

Rev. John H. Stansbury . Bay Shore, N. Y. 

Mrs. Rachel A. Smith Monroe, N. Y. 

Mrs. Cornelia A. Bedell Brooklyn, N. Y. 

*James Y. Stansbury N. Attleboro, Mass. 

Mrs. Eliza Stansburj' ■' " 

Mrs. Jacob P. Cooke Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Morris Lawrence Windham Centre, Pa. 

Rensselaer Miller Broadalbin, N. Y. 

Mrs. Harriet J. Whitlock N. Y. City 

*Peter Lawrence Owego, N. Y. 

*Mrs, Ruth Van Buren Burnt Hills, N. Y. 

Millard Van Buren " 

Mrs. Ursula C. Bonsteel Gt. Valley, N. Y. 

*Dr. Almon S. Bonsteel Corry, Pa. 


*Mrs. Alice H. P. Andrews Jamestown, N. Y. 

Asa E. Taber Springville, N. Y. 

*Mrs. Mary T. Getty E Hamburgh, N. Y. 

Wm. W. Getty N. Kingsville, 0. 

Abram Goon E. Hamburgh, N. Y. 

John S. Fosdick Westfield, N. Y. 

Jpsse T. Fosdick Salamanca, N. Y. 

Miss Elizabeth M. Fosdick " " 

*Now Deceased. 


Savages Genealog. Die: 

"A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New 
England, showing three generations of those who came be- 
fore May, 1692. * * * By James Savage, * * * Bos- 
ton, Little, Brown & Co., 1860." 

Lower' a Patroiiymica Britaruiica : 

" Patronymica Britannica, a dictionary of the family 
names of the United Kingdom, endeavoured by Mark An- 
tony Lower, M. A. F. S. A., London, 1860." 

N. E. Hist, and Gen. Reg. : 

"The New England Historical and Gen'-alogical Reg- 
ister, published quarterly under the direction of the New 
England Historic-Genealogical Society." 

Hundred Rolls: 

"Rotuli Hundredorum, Temp. Hen. III. and Edw. I. In 
Turr' Lond' et in curia Eeceptae Scaccarij Westm. Asser- 
vati. Printed by command of His Majesty, King George 
III., in pursuance of an address of The House of Commons 
of Great Britain, 1812." 

Hubhack on Succession : 

"A treatise on the Evidence of Succession to Heal and 
Personal Property and Peerages. By John Hubback, Esq., 
of the Inner Temple, Barrister at Law." 

Hmnes History of England. 
Family Annals. 

Howland's Annals N. A. : 

" Annals of North America, by Edward Howland. Hart- 
ford, 1877." 

Ridpath's History of United States: 
N. Y., Phillips & Hunt, 1881. 

Bancroft's Hist. TJ. S. : 

Ed. 1866, Little, Brown & Co. 


HotteviS Lists of Emigrants : 

"The Original Lists of Persons of Quality, Emigrants, 
Eeligious Exiles, Political Rebels * * * who went from 
Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700. * 
* * Edited by John Camden Hotten." 

Charlestown Toion Records. 

Wynians Genealogies, Etc. : 

" The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown * * * 
1629-1818. By Thomas Bellows Wyman. Boston, David 
Clapp & Son, 1879." 

Budingtons Hist. : 

" The History of the First Church Charlestown * * * 
by William I. Budington, Pastor of the Church." Boston, 

Mass. Records : 

" Eeeords of the Governor and Company of the Mass- 
achusetts Bay, in New England, etc., edited by Nathaniel 
B. Shurtleff, M. D., Boston, 1853." 

Hist. New London: 

"History of New London, Connecticut, by Frances Man- 
waring Caulkins, New London, 1860." 

Steele's Chief of the Pilgrims : 

" Chief of the Pilgrims, or the Life and Time of William 
Brewster, Euling Elder of the Pilgrim Company that 
founded New Plymouth, the parent colony of New Eng- 
land, in 1620. By the Rev. Ashbel Steele, A. M. Phila. 
Lippincott & Co., 1857. 

Middlesex Records : 

Records of Middlesex Co., Mass. 

Oyster Bay Records. 

Llistory of Queens Co., pub. by Munsell, 1882. 

Queens County Records. 

Records St. George's Ch., Hempstead, L. I. 

Forceps American Archives. 

Annals of Hemi:) stead, by Henry Onderdonk, Jr. 

Thompson s History of Long Lsland. 

Onderdonk' s Revolutionary Incidents of Long Island. 


aet. aged. 

b. born. 

bap. baptized. 

bur. buried. 

ch., chn., child, children. 

d. died. 

dau. daughter. 

fa. father. 

fani. family. 

wid, widow. 

gen. generation, 
gr. grand, 
h. he. 
1. living, 
m. married, 
mo. mother, 
rec. records. 
s. she. 
w. wife. 



The first known ancestor, bearing the family name, 
was Stephen Fosdick, who, with his wife and eight 
children, settled at Charlestown, on Massachusetts 
Bay, in 1635. Nothing positive is known of them 
prior to this ; no inquiry has been prosecuted abroad 
to obtain earlier facts ; but there is no reason to doubt 
that they came from England, and all the indications 
point to a long succession of English ancestors. Sav- 
age, in his Genealogical Dictionary (Art. Fosdick) al- 
ludes to the English origin i; Lower, in his Patro- 
nyviica Britannica, gives the family name (in forms 
Fosdick, Forsdike) as an English surname 2; there is a 
parish of the name (form Fosdyke) in Lincolnshire^; 
and the name of " Johne de Focedic" appears in the 
list for Lincoln County in the Hundred Iiolls of Ed- 
ward I.^ (A. D. 1273). This theory conforms sub- 
stantially to the traditions held by some of the Amer- 
ican branches of the family.^ And the fact that the 
arrival in this country embraced an entire household, 
and the circumstances of their life after their arrival, 
tend to show that they had a permanent family estab- 
lishment at home, and that they were a branch of an 
old, though perhaps not conspicuous family there. 

1. Savages Genealog. Die, II., 185. 

2. Lower's Patronymica Britannica, 119. 

3. N. E. Hist, and Gen. Reg., XXA'III., 135. 

4. Hundred Rolls, I 307, and collate Hubback on Succession (303. and Hume's 
Hist England, Art. Alfred, A. D., 901. 

5. Family Annals. 


Note. — The concurrence of the various family tradi- 
tions in ascribing the family origin to Great Britain is 
noteworthy, because of the widely separated localities, 
and the entirely distinct branches of the family from 
which they have come. Scotland, Wales and England 
are all named as the immediate country of its location, 
but the most direct statements, founded upon the re- 
sult of some inquiry, point to England. The family 
name, Eosdyk, is said to be common in Wales, and 
the FosdecKs in Coblentz, Germany, but a quaint and 
comparatively clear statement in 1865, comes from 
Erie Co., N. Y., as follows : 

" Tradition says that their ancestors came with Wil- 
liam, the Norman, from Normandy, in France, as sol- 
diers in his army nearly 800 years ago, and helped 
place that Prince upon the British Throne. And still 
further that they were of German descent, but I have 
not been able to get anything reliable beyond their 
settlement in this country. The pages of history do 
not mention them, (I am happy to say) and nothing 
short of years of labor and great expense can trace the 

Unfortunately the writer (Morris Fosdick, of Erie 
Co.) does not state the derivation of the tradition, and 
his death in 1872, precludes the possibility of learning 
the facts he may have collected regarding it. 


The precise date of the emigration of the family to 
this country is not known. No record has been found 
of the port of departure, the vessel in which they came, 
or the place or date of their arrival. The omission is 
not material, since, in and just previous to the year of 
their settlement in Charlestown, the tide of emigration 
set strongly fi*om England to America, twenty-one ships 
having arrived in 1634, at Massachusetts Bay, bringing 
"a great store of passengers and cattle,"^ and large 
numbers of lists of the passengers were not preserved, 
or have not yet been found, and this, even in the cases 
of some of the most conspicuous and worthy families in 
the colonies. The sweeping terms employed by Hot- 
ten in his reference to these missing lists also show 
that the omission is not to be taken in disparagement 
of either the character or position of the families to 
which it applies. He says, "we learn incidentally that 
ships left England almost daily for America, but no 
records of them or of their passengers remain. We 
know that many ships sailed from Bristol, among 
others, " The Angel Gabriel " and "The James," con- 
veying the Rev. Richard Mather and the Rev. Daniel 
Mande, but no records of departures fi-om that port 
remain. Again, who were the companions, who sailed 
in 1633, in " The Griffin," Avith John Haynes and the 
Rev. Thomas Hooker? Where are the lists of "The 
Arabella" and other ships in which John Winthrop 
and the founders of Massachusetts embarked ? Who 

1. Howland's Annals, N. A., 58; Ridpath's U. S., 129; Bancroft I., 415. 


went out with, the Rev. Ezekiel Eogers from Rowley, 
and with Fen wick and the Rev. Henry Whitfield ? 
These are but a few instances to show how very im- 
perfect are our records of the early settlers." ^ 

A sufficient reason for the emigration of the family 
is readily suggested by any one of the many causes of 
disquiet and agitation prevalent among the people of 
Great Britain at the time. From the traits and char- 
acteristics exhibited by the family after their arrival, it 
seems safe to say that they came either for financial 
betterment or the gratification of religious predilec- 
tions, or both. The religious disquiet at home, their 
residence in the vicinity of the place from which the 
Pilgrims had taken their departure, ^ their consequent 
interest in the new Pilgrim colony, and the glowing 
accounts received from it, would all contribute to 
make them eager to seek it as a haven where undis- 
turbed labor and worship might be enjoyed. For this 
purpose they would naturally emigrate direct to the 
shores of Massachusetts Bay. Besides, the youthful- 
ness of some of the children, and the probable incum- 
brance of some supply of household goods, are addi- 
tional reasons for supposing that the settlement in 
Charlestown took place immediately upon their arrival 
in the country. 

1. Hotten's Lists of Emigrants — Introduction. 

2. Ridpath's U. S., 89. 


Tlie family, on arriving at Cliarlestown, consisted of 
Stephen Fosclick, aged 52 ; his wife, Sarah, aged 46 ; 
and his children : Hannah, aged 20 ; Thomas, 18 ; 
Martha, 17 ; Samuel, 16 ; two unknown ; John, 9 ; and 
Mary, 5. This Stephen Fosdick was the progenitor of 
almost all of the famil}'^ name in this country whose 
ancestry is known. He took steps at once to secure a 
permanent home. He applied for and was granted 
admission as an inhabitant, his name appearing in the 
list of inhabitants for 1635. ^ This was not a mere 
matter of course, consequent upon his arrival. The 
local historian tells us that those only were inhabitants 
" who were admitted such by vote of the town. For 
many years applicants were severely scrutinized, and 
not unfrequently refused a residence. ' Not for their 
poverty' Johnson writes; correctly of this early period, 
for it will give a vivid idea of its prejudices to say, 
that the towns then dreaded a Quaker as much, as 
later, they dreaded a pauper. ' Yet,' continues John- 
son, a zealous actor in municipal affairs, ' such as were 
exorbitant, and of a turbulent spirit, unfit for civil 
society, they would reject till they come to mend their 
manners.' Credentials that applicants were chui'ch 
members, or of good moral character were required." ^ 
" As early as 1634, October 13, it was ordered ' that 
none be permitted to sit down and dwell in this town 
without the consent of the town first obtained." ^ As 

1. Frothingham's Hist., Charlestown, 64. 
8. lb. 54. 
3. lb. 54. 


he was not admitted to tlie cliurch until three years 
afterwards, it follows that his credentials on this occa- 
sion must have been to satisfy the town of his good 
moral character, independently of church membership. 
" Each inhabitant, on being admitted, commonly 
had a grant of a lot of land. This was done at first, in 
general town meeting ; after a few years by the Board 
of Selectmen, * * * in 1635, Stephen Fosdick 
had a house plot upon condition to build a good house 
upon it, and pay goodman Richeson a days work."i 
The record of this grant made in general town meet- 
ing, is the earliest record found relating to the family, 
and is as follows : 

" 1635 Vth month, 11th day. 
Stephen ffosdick was yielded to have 
ye houseplott nest Good Convers, his new 
Stephen ffosdick house upon condition to build A 

good house upon it, and to pay good 
Eicheson A daies worke." ^ 

This houseplot was probably in a prominent part of 
the settlement, for Converse and Richeson were both 
members of the Board of Selectmen. ^ 

The settlement of the family, thus effected without 
delay, proved to be permanent. In view of the pre- 
cautions and restrictions prescribed by the town regu- 
lations, the promptness with which it was effected 
indicates that the family was regarded at once as 
eligible and of satisfactory antecedents and character. 

Charlestown, in January, 1635, numbered 72 inhab- 
itants, most of whom had wives and children.* The 
church had been formed in 1632, from the church in 
Boston, 5 but there was no school established until 
1636.6 The government and social regulations were 

1. Frothingham, 56, 57. 

2. Charlestown Town Record. 

3. Frothingham, 52. 

4. lb. 85. S. lb. 69. 6. lb. 65. 




Stephen Fosdick (Progenitor) was, born in 1583, 
probably in Lincoln County, England. He married 
twice; his first wife (name unknown), about 1610, who 
was the mother of his first six children, and who died 
in England ; and his second wife, Sarai Wetherell, in 
16241, ^\^Q -^r^s the mother of his two youngest chil- 
dren, John and Mary. His second wife was a sister 
of John Wetherell, but her parentage is unknown. 
She may have been related to William Wetherell, 
schoolmaster, who came to Charlestown in 1635, from 
Maidstone, Kent County, England, and who was for 
several years the grammar master of the public 
school 2. 

He was a carpenter, and doubtless built his house 
immediately upon receiving the town grant of his 
house plot, in 1635 3. He spent the remainder of his 
life in Charlestown. 

While he does not seem to have occupied any 
prominent position in the colony, the incidents rela- 
ting to him, which the records furnish, are not devoid 
of interest, and serve to show that he was a man of 
inteUigence and thrift, and of no little positiveness of 

He was admitted a member of the Church in 
Charlestown, in full communion, on the 6th of 2d mo., 
1638, and his wife, Sarah, on the 7th of 7th mo., 

1. Wyman's Genealogies, etc., 354. 

2. Frothingham's Hist., 83. 

3. Vide supra, p. 20. 

4. Church Records— Budington's Hist. 1st Oh. Charlestown, S47. 


Althougli admitted an inhabitant, owning a house 
plot, and admitted to the church, he had no voice in 
colony affairs, or the selection of rulers. He was, as 
yet, a non-freeman ; (the inhabitants being for nearly 
half a century divided into freemen and non-freemen). 
To become a freeman, he must, in addition, subscribe 
the freeman's oath, binding him to maintain the gov- 
ernment of the Commonwealth, and must be admitted 
by order of the General Court. He would then be 
qualified to vote and be voted for^. He was admitted 
a freeman on September 7, 1638, the record of his 
admission being as follows : 

"Persons made free the 7th day of 7th mo., 1638, * * * 
Steven Forsditch * * * ."2 and 

"Sep. 7, 1638. * * * Steven ffosditch * * * c. E. Vol. 1, 
p. 196."3 

On the 3d of 10th mo. 1639, he served upon a jury 
for the trial of an indictment for murder in the Court 
of Assistants or Quarter Court, held at Boston, * being 
recorded as "Steven Fosditch." 

At a general meeting of the freemen, held the 15th 
of 12th mo., 1640, he and two others were chosen 
"Surveyors for y® Highwaies," '^ the only civil office 
which he is known to have held. (Recorded " Stephen 

His church relations do not seem to have been har- 
monious. In the earlier days of the noted Baptist 
controversy, he was fined £20, (probably for reading 
Anabaptist books, or offences of this nature),^ and 
on May 7, 1648, was excommunicated from the 
church. The civil penalty was released a few years 

1. Frothingham's Hist., 99. 

2. Mass. Records, I. 374. 

3. N. E. H. and G. Reg., m. 96. 

4. Mass. Records, I. 283. 

5. Town Records. 

6. Frothingham's Hist., 132. 


afterwards. His house, wortli £15, was burned while 
it was in the Sheriff's hands, and in 1648, on his peti- 
tion, the fine was abated to X5, which he paid, and his 
lands were discharged.^ But he was not restored to 
the church until 1664,2 about three months before 
his death. There is no concurrent church record of 
the sentence or its cause ; but the church record of 
the restoration shows the offence to have consisted in 
speaking against the church covenant, and neglecting 
to hear the church in their dealings with him ;3 and 
no reason appears for making this case an exception 
to the statement made by the historian of the Church, 
in referring to later cases of discipline, that "it is due 
to the moral character of the persons thus excommun- 
icated from this church, to say, that it was undoubtedly 
fair and Christian."* 

His landed possessions and transactions were con- 
siderable. Besides his house plot, granted in 1635; 
in 1638 the town granted him the meadow between 
his planting ground and the River ;'^ in 1639, he and 
four neighbors were granted liberty to make a key, 
(quay) "as farre out as they will;"® in 1642, he 
hired "two thirds of the ware vizt Mr. Winthrop's pt. 
and the Town's pt. the said Stephen is to have halfe 
the ffish for his Labo^" and the othr halfe to redound 
to the use of Mr. Winthrop and the Towne;"^ in 
1658, March 1, he shared in the allotment of a large 
tract of town lands among the inhabitants of the town, 
his share being twenty-five acres wood and four and a 


Mass. Records, HI. 139. 


Ch. Rec. in N. E. H. and G. Reg. xxiv, 11: 

Frothingham, 132. 





Budington's Hist. Ch. 59. 


Town Records. 


Charlestown Records. 




half commons ;i and besides these, made purcliases 
and sales of other tracts to quite a great extent. 

He died in Cliarlestown, May 21, 1664,2 aged 81, 
leaving an estate inventoried at XSOO,^ wMcli then 
was riches.* By his will, dated February 23, 1663, 
probate June 21, 1664, he gave the house and barn 
and the yard and garden belonging to it, within 
Charlestown, lying by Mr. Shapley's, with other lands, 
to his grand child, Samuel Fosdick, the son of John, 
and to his heirs, male or female, and so to run in the 
generation of the Fosdicks forever.^ 

The location of the house in Charlestown cannot 
now be found. ^ 


Memorandum. I Steeven Fosdicke, of Charlestown in the 
coun of Midlesex, being sicke and weake, yet being of good 
understanding, hath made made this my last will and testamt, 
first. I returne my soul to God that gave it mee, and to the 
Lord Jesus Christ who hath redeemed it nextly I comitt my 
body to the ground, to be comely and decently buried, nextly all 
my debts to be pay'd, and then for that little estate that I have, 
I do thus dispose of as foUoweth : 

first. I give to my wife the four roomes, one one over another 
which we do now make use of, 

It. I give my wife the bed wee now ly on, and the hutches and 
the little table that are in the roome, with the little kettle and 
the pott and the great kettle with those things that are conven- 
ient for her during the terme of her life, and half the upper gar- 
den next unto Mr. Shaplyes and Michael Long, with free egress 
and regress with all the household stuffe that is mine, during 
her life, and after my wives decease the house and lands to re- 
turne to my executrix, and for the moveables above mentioned is 
to be equally divided, betweene my grand children of James Bar- 

1. Frothineham, 154. 

2. Family Records. 

3. Wyman's Genealogies, 355. 

4. Bancroft H.. 407. 
6. Probate Records. 
6. Private Letter. 


ratt and Richard Holding that are now liveing. Also my wife is 
to have the felling ax that Goodman Cuttar made mee last and 
two wedges and one beetle, furthermore I order my executrix to 
pay to my wife three pounds every yeare, and lay her in six cord 
of wood yearly upon the wharfe for her use, furthermore I give 
to my wife a cow, and a cow comon to keep the cow on and also 
I order my executrix to winter this cow for her yearly during her 
life : and likewise this cow among the moveables above men- 
tioned to be divided among my grand children of James Barratt 
and Richard Holding and the cowes comon to returne to my 
executrix after my wives decease. 

It, secondly. I give to my daughter Hannah the wife of James 
Barratt ten pounds to be pay'd in marchantable comodityes in a 
twelvemonth after my decease. If my daughter Hannah should 
dy before the terme of paym't I give it to her sonne Steeven 

Thirdly. I give to my daughter Martha, the wife of Richard 
Holding ten pounds to be pay'd a twelvemonth after my decease, 
moreover I give the forty acres of land in Oburne bounded south- 
east with the land of faint not wines, and the next bounded abt 
with the comon, this land to continue to Richard Holding the 
terme of his life, and if Martha dy before her husband, Richard 
Holding then the ten pounds and the forty acres of land to be 
equally divided between the children of Martha Holding the two 
fore mentioned ten pounds apeece to be pay'd to my two daugh- 
ters Hannah and Martha is to be paid to them by my executrix. 

Fourthly. I give to my daughter Marah the wife of Thomas 
Web the sum of fifteen pounds, to be pay'd within three years 
after my decease and if my daughter Marah "Web should dy have- 
ing no child then it shall returne to my executrix and then that 
fifteen pounds to be divided equally between the children of John 
Fosdicke and Thomas Fosdicke. 

Fifthly. I give to my grand child Steeven Fosdicke twenty 
pounds when he doth come of age of one and twenty years ten 
pounds and th' other ten pounds to be pay'd when he cometh of 
two and twenty years of age, to be pay'd to him by my executrix. 

Sixthly. I give my grand child Samuel Fosdick the sonne of 
Jno. Fosdicke, after my sonne John Fosdicke's decease the 
house and barne and the yard and garden belonging to it within 
Charlestowne, lying by Mr. Shapleys with the Hay lott in Durty 
marsh, and the two cow comons and the wood lott which was 
given to it by lott, to him and to his heyres, male or female, and 
so to rune in the genaccon of the Fosdicks forever. 

Seaventhly. I give to my grand child John Fosdicke, the son 


of John Fosdicke the house and land lying in Mauldon and the 
halfe cow hay lott lying in Mauldon and the cow lott, lying in Mr. 
Wilson's side, and the wood lott that I bought of Mr. Eowell, to 
him and to his heyres male or female never to go out of the 
genaccon of the Fosdicks forever. Moreover my executrix is to 
pay twenty pounds to my two grand children of my sonne 
Thomas Fosdicke that was their fathers estate which was dis- 
posed to them by the Court. 

furthermore I make my sonne John Fosdicke my sole heyre and 
executrix of my whole estate, this being my last will and tes- 

And I desire my friends William Dady and Solomon Phips to 
be my overseers of this my last will and testamt. 

Dated the 23d of Febr 1663. 
Signed and delivd 
In the presence of us Steeven Fosdioke 

John Cutlek 

NATHii Dady 

John Cutler and Nath Dady appearing before the Court at 
Charlestowne, June 21, 1664 and being sworne do say that 
Steeven Fosdicke above named, deced, being of sound judge- 
ment and memory signed and declared this instrument as his 
last will and testoment and that they know of no other, 

Thomas Danfobth, R. 


1. Hannah, born 1615, married James Barrett, 
1642, and lived at Maiden, wliere slie died in 1681, 
23 descendants traced* bearing the family names 
Ban-ett, Eames, Eustis, Grover, Randall, B<oss, ScoUaj 
and Viscount. 

2. Thomas, b. 1616, m. Damaris , d. 1650, 2 


3. Martha, b. 1617, m. Richard Holden, lived at 
Watertown and Groton, 275 descendants traced*, 
bearing the family names, Beard, Blood, Boyden, 
Chamberlia, Cutter, Flagg, Gould, Green, HartweU, 

♦Names omitted as not belonging to this Branch. 


Holden, Hooper, Johnson, Lakin, Nevers, Richardson, 
Smith, Stratton, Swan, Tufts, Williams and Wilson. 

One of these was Oliver Holden, composer of 
" Coronation." 

4. Samuel, carpenter, d. 1649. 

5. Prob. Sarah. 

6. Unknown. 

7. JOHN, b. 1626, the next lineal ancestor. 

8. Maky, b. 1630, m. Thomas Webb, 2 descend- 

*Names omitted as not belonging to this Branch. 






John Fosdick, seventh child of Stephen, born in 
England, in 1626, was a carpenter, living at Charles- 
town, except that he is supposed to have lived at 
Maiden a few years. He was probably Sergeant Fos- 
dick of Maiden. 1 In 1658 he took a share of the 
public lands then divided by the town, his share being 
fourteen acres wood and two and one-half acres com- 
mons. 2 His father Stephen and father-in-law Nicholas 
Shapley also took shares. In 1675 he and Nathaniel 
Frothingham took a contract, by vote of the town, to 
rebuild the galleries, &c., in the church, for which they 
were to receive X46 in town pay, " and if it shall ap- 
pear a hard bargain, twenty shilHngs more."^ He 
was appointed one of the Tythingmen in 1677,* whose 
duty it was to inspect each a district of ten or twelve 
families, and held the office in 1679,^ in which year he 
is also mentioned as owning laud adjoining the bat- 
tery, which was one of the two fortifications in Charles- 
town. « He was admitted a member of the church in 
Charlestown in full communion on the 11th of 8th 
mo,, 1696, being recorded as "John Fosdike, sen'r."^ 
He purchased several parcels of land in Maiden and 
Charlestown (other than those allotted to him by the 
town in 1658), the principal part of which he gave to 
his sons by deed of gift before his death. He died 

1. Savage's Gen. Die. 11, 133. 

2. Fi-othingham's Hist., 154 

3. lb. 186. 

4. lb. 182. 

5. N. E. H. & Q. Reg. V, 178. 
e. Mass. Rec. V, 249. 

7. Ch. Rec, Budington, 347. 


September 17, 1716, aged 90 years. The inventory of 
his estate, October 12, 1716, mentions eight and three- 
quarter acres and also twenty-eight acres woods, Mys- 
tic Side. 

He was twice married ; to his first wife, Anna Shap- 
ley (daughter of Nicholas and Anna Shapley), in 
1648,1 ^]2o died October 15, 1679; and to his second 
wife, Elizabeth Betts (widow of John Betts), who sur- 
vived him ten days. 

His children were eleven in number, named James, 
Mary, Ann, Samuel, John, Stephen, Thomas, Joseph, 
Sarah, Jonathan and Sarah. ^ 


1. James, b. June 17, 1649, m. Hannah , 

drowned March 9, 1695-6. Twelve descendants 
traced f' family names Fosdick and FiJker. 

2. Mary, b. July 2, 1651, m. Thomas Ashley, d. 
March 1, 1696-7. Five descendants traced.* 

3. Anna, b. October 2, 1653, m. Samuel Blunt June 
9, 1680, d. August 8, 1715. One hundred and eighteen 
descendants,* with family names Asbury, Balfour, 
Blunt, Briggs, Center, Crocker, Davis, Deveus, Downs, 
Goodwin, Hammatt, Hunt, Lincoln, Miller, Morris, 
Parker, Powell, Band, Beed, Rice, Kumrill, Sherburne, 
Townsend, Valentine and Wormstead. One of them 
was Hon. Charles Devens, late U. S. Att'y Gen. 

4. SAMUEL, b. December 15, 1655, the next 
lineal ancestor. 

5. John, b. February 20, 1657, m. Sarah Bligh. 
Sixteen descendants traced.* Family names Belknap, 
Edwards, Fosdick, Jackson and Webb. 

1. Family MSS. 

2. Wyman's Gen., 355. 

*Names omitted as not belonging to this Branch. 



6. Stephen, b. November 1, 1660, m. Margaret 
Martin 1685, d. May 19, 1730. Descendants, thirty- 
one.* Family names Adams, Angier, Fosdick, Mallett, 
Mattocks and Miller. 

7. Thomas, b. November 1, 1662, m. Mary Martin 
May 16, 1695. Descendants eighteen.* Family names 
Curtis, Fosdick, Foster. 

8. Joseph, b. April 1, 1665, di-owned June 19, 1668. 

9. Saeah, b. April 22, 1667, d. August 22, 1668. 

10. Jonathan, b. Avigust 25, 1669, m. Sarah 
Sprague. Descendants thirty-three.* Family names 
Dowse, Fosdick, E-amsdall, Bobbins, Sprague and 

11. Sarah, b. June 11, 1687, m. Daniel Newel. 

Only two representatives bearing the family name 

now reside in Charlestown. ^ 

♦Names omitted as not belonging to this Branch, 
1. Private Letter, Oct. 9, 1879. 








Samuel Fosdick, first, the third lineal ancestor, 
known as Captain Samuel Fosdick of New London, 
was born in Charlestown December 15, 1655, and 
went to New London about 1680, where he lived 
during the rest of his Ufe. He married Mercy Picket 
at New London November 1, 1682. i His ^dfe was 
the youngest daughter of John Picket and his wife 
Ruth, whose maiden name was Brewster. Ruth 
Picket's father, Benjamin Brewster, was son of Jon- 
athan Brewster (a son of Elder William Brewster, of 
the Mayflower,) whose wife Lucretia, is referred to in 
Caulkins' History of New London, as foUows : " Mrs. 
Lucretia Brewster, the wife of Jonathan, was evidently 
a woman of note and respectabihty among her com- 
peers. She has always the prefix of honor (Mrs. or 
Mistress) and is usually presented to view in some use- 
ful capacity — an attendant upon the sick and dying as 
nurse, doctress, or midwife, or a witness to wills and 
other important transactions. She was one of the first 
band of pilgrims that arrived at Plymouth in the May- 
flower, December, 1620, being a member of the family 
of her father-in-law. Elder William Brewster, and hav- 
ing one child, William, with her. Her husband came 
over in the Fortune, which arrived November 10th, 
1621."- Her name does not appear in Bradford's list 
of the Mayflower's passengers, but she and her son 
William were no doubt in the colony when the Fortune 
arrived, bringing her husband ; and with reference to 

1. Family MSS. 

2, Caulkms' Hist. New London, 3~6. 


this event, Steele, tlie historian of the Chief of the Pil- 
grims, says: "To the colony, weakened in numbers 
and strength, and surrounded by dangers, it " (the ar- 
rival of the Fortune) "was an event marked, and of 
deep concern. It was so in particular to the family of 
the Elder. To him and Mrs. Brewster came, among 
the passengers, their eldest son Jonathan, and to the 
others an elder brother. Of the Elder's family, there- 
fore, now present, were himself, his wife, and their 
three sons. From their daughters, they were still 
separated. How soon, or when, Lucretia, the wife of 
Jonathan, came with her son William, there appears 
to be no record." ^ It is not a material matter, but 
this statement of Steele's seems inferentially to corro- 
borate that of Miss Caulkins, taken from the manu- 
scripts of the family. His wife survived him, and mar- 
ried, for her second husband, John Arnold. 

Prior to his removal from Charlestown he served in 
King Philip's war, 1675, being a corporal in Capt. 
Samuel Mosely's Company. ^ He was baptised in 
Charlestown Church April 15, 1677. ^ On or shortly 
after arriving in New London, and previous to his 
marriage, he purchased 200 acres from Owenca, Sach- 
em of the Mohegs, the deed for which, January, 1682, 
describes him as "Samuell fforsdicke late of Charels- 
towne in the Collonie of y® Masachusets."* 

On January 17, 1691-2, he and his wife Mercy 
owned the covenant, and had four children baptised, 
viz: Samuel, Mercy, Ruth and Anna, in the First 
Church of Christ, New London, by Rev. Gurdon 
Saltonstall, and on February 28, 1696-7, he and his 
wife were admitted into the church.^ 

1. Steele's Chief of Pilgrims, 273. 

2. P'rothingham's Charlestown, 179; N. E. H. & G. Reg. VIII, 241; Ridpath's 
U. S., 142. 

3. Church Records I, 238. 

4. Laud Records of New London, V, 86. 
ih. Church Records. 


He was a Deputy for New London, in the General 
Court of Connecticut for the years 1694, 1696, 1697, 
1698 and 1700. ^ In 1698, he was appointed by the 
town a member of the first Bartlet Committee, which 
was a committee to look after an estate which Bartlet 
had bequeathed to the town.^ In the same year, the 
General Court, on motion of Gov. Fitz John Win- 
throp, appointed him one of the alternates of a com- 
mittee to renew the bounds of a tract of laud purchased 
by John Winthrop, former Governor ; and at the same 
time, one of a committee to lay out a township, 
" beginning at the north bound of Twentie Mile River, 
and so to extend southward, to a river called Deep 
River, and to extend eastward from the bounds of 
Haddum, seven miles." ^ 

In May, 1699, the General Court ordered that a 
patent be granted of the township of New London, to 
certain patentees, "Mr. Sam" Fosdick" being named 
as one.* 

He owned a farm on Plum Island, under cultivation, 
well stocked and productive; a town residence on 
Fosdick's Neck ; a house lot on the bank, comprising 
nearly the whole block between Golden and Tilley 
Streets, which lay vacant at his death, but afterwards 
became the valuable homestead of his youngest son, 
Thomas, and his decendants.* 

In addition to his prominence as a landholder and 
civil officer, he had some distinction in mihtary mat- 
ters, from which he probably derived his title of Cap- 
tain. In October 1690, he was appointed a Lieutenant 
of one of the two foot companies which the General 

1. Connecticut Pub. Rec. 

2. Caulkins' Hist.. 397. 

3. Conn. Pub. Rec. 

4. lb. 
6. Gaulkins, 344. 


Court, seeing "the necessity of utmost endeavors to 
prevent the French of attacquing or setleing at Al- 
bany," ordered to be raised and sent with all speed to 
that place, his company "is to consist of sixty-foure 
English soldiers, besides officers, and so many Indians 
as will go forth with them to the number of forty, 
which company is to be raysed out of the County of 
Hartford and New London." In August, 1697, at a 
meeting of the Governor and council in Hartford 
" Capf^ Samii Fosdick" being one of the members of 
Council present), orders were sent to Major James 
Fitch " to take care that the fort at New London be 
furnisht with men, armes and ammunition, and that all 
things thereto belonging be in good order for the 
defence of the town and repulse of the enemy ; and 
also to list a certain number of men in each of the 
towns adjacent, to be ready to march to New London 
or to any other place within the Countie of New Lon- 
don, upon any sodain approach of the enemy, with 
other orders necessary to be attended for the defence 
and safet}^ of his Majesties subjects in that countie in 
this time of warre and danger. * * * Mr. Samu 
Fosdick was appointed and commissionated by the 
Councill to be Captain of the souldiers to be listed out 
of the severall towns for the service before men- 
tioned." V His name also appears upon the local 
records in other connections. 

He died August 27, 1700, leaving a large estate. ^ "A 
glance at the inventory of Capt. Fosdick will shoAv the 
ample and comfortable style of housekeeping to which 
the inhabitants had attained in 1700." ^ On the divis- 
ion of the estate, ordered August 31, 1704, the widow 
takes one-third of the realty for Hfe, and one-third of 

1. Coim. Rec. 

2. Caulkins\344. 

3. Ib« 


the personalty forever ; the eldest son a double por- 
tion, and the rest of the children equal portions. ^ 

His children were eight, namely : 1, Samuel, died 
young ; 2, Samuel ; 3, Mercy ; 4, Kuth ; 5, Anna ; 
6, John ; 7, Thomas, and 8, Mary. 


2. SAMUEL— " Samuel, the oldest son of Capt. 
Samuel Fosdick, removed to Oyster Bay, Long Island, 
where he was living in 1750." ^ He was born Sep- 
tember 18, 1684, and was the next lineal ancestor. 

3. Mercy, b. Nov. 30, 1686, married Thomas Jig- 
gles, of Boston, in 1708, ^ and after his death married 
Thomas Morris. Had a daughter, Mercy, who mar- 
ried John Trumbull and had three childi-en ;* d. a wid. 
July 9, 1754. After the death of her first husband, 
Mrs. J. returned to New London, and is mentioned 
in 1723, as haA^ng been assigned by vote to a proper 
seat in church, according to the pecuhar regulations 
of the time for recognizing social distinction by that 

4. Kuth, b. June 27, 1689, m. Tilley, of New York, 
d. June 29, 1741. 

5. Anna, b. December 8, 1691, m. Thomas Latham, 
of Groton, d. 1761. 

6. John, or Jonathan, b. February 1, 1694, went to 
Guilford, m. there, d. February 7, 1747.^ His wife 
was Jane Bradley. Descendants, two hundred and 
sixteen.* Family names Angel, Baldwin, Beckwith, 

1. Probate Rec. 

2. Caulkins', 344. 

3. Fam. Rec. 

4. Caulkins', 379. 

5. Private MSS. * 
♦Names omitted as not belonging to this Branch. 


Bentley, Blatcliley, Bogardus, Brown, Carter, Cliitten- 
den. Coffin, Cook, Dudley, Eastman, Fosdick, Foster, 
Fowler, Fyler, Gardner, Goss, Graves, Griswold, Hill, 
Hoadley, Hollenback, Hotclikiss, Hnbbard, Jackson, 
Jacobs, Jones, Judd, Kirkliam, Merwin, Ray, Stone, 
Tryon and Weed. 

7. Thomas, b. Angust 29, 1696, known as Deacon 
Tliomas Fosdick, was the only one of the children who 
remained in New London, where he was a man of 
much prominence ; m. 1, Esther Updike, 1720 ; m. 2, 
Grace Minor, 1755. Descendants, one hundred and 
twenty-seven." Family names Ash, Billings, Brown, 
Capen, Crowley, Dennis, Dering, Ganoung, Green, 
Havens, Jones, L'Hommedieu, Musgrave, Mussey, 
Ramsdall, Richards, Sleight and Stewart. 

8. Mary, b. July 7, 1699, m. Richard Sutton of 
Charlestown, ^ 1719, d. there 1757. Descendants, 
twenty-seven.* Family names, Adams, Breed, Hast- 
ings, Shaw, Skinner, Sutton and Trumbull. 

Only one representative of the family now lives in 
New London. 

1. Fam. Rec. 

*Names omitted as not belonging to this Branch. 






Samuel Fosdick, second, also known as Samuel Fos- 
click, Senior, of Oyster Bay, the fourth lineal ancestor, 
was the first of the family name, who hved upon Long 
Island, and was a connecting link, so to speak, between 
the Charlestown,New London and Oyster Bay branches 
of the family, with each of which he became identified 
by his residence, at different periods of his life, in each 
of those places. 

No extended family records are found concerning 
him. Reliance must therefore be placed upon the re- 
cords of those places for his history. By a comparison 
of the facts they disclose (regard being had also to his 
disposition to move froni place to place, and his habit 
of travel which seems to have been a prominent trait, 
especially in later life), we are furnished with a suffic- 
iently connected and satisfactory account of his life. 

He was born September 16, 1684, in New London, 
where he lived until about thirty-five years of age. 
Here he was baptized January 17, 1691-2, at the First 
Church of Christ, with his sisters, Mercy, Buth and 
Anna, b}^ Rev. Gurdon Saltoustall. ^ Here he married 
his first wife, Susanna Turner, July 13, 1706. Her 
parentage is not stated, but she was probably a 
daughter of Ezekiel Turner, of New London, who 
came to that place from Scituate, about 1675, 
married Susanna Keeny, in 1678, and died in New 
London, January 16, 1703-4. leaving a son and ten 
daughters. If so, she also, as well as the wife of 
Samuel Fosdick 1st, was descended from the Brews- 

1. Church Records. 


ters ; her father's mother, Mary, being a daughter of 
Jonathan and Lucretia Brewster, before referred to. 
Here his first six children, Mercy, Mary, Samnel, 
William, Ruth and James were born, and James, the 
youngest, was baptized here on June 2, 1717. ^ 

He now removed, with his wife and six children, to 
Charlestown, where he owned the house and property 
inherited as heir of his father, under the will of his 
great grandfather, Stephen Fosdick^ , and perhaps 
this property became the family residence. His three 
younger children, Ezekiel, Jesse and Susanna, were 
born in Charlestown, the eldest of them on Febru- 
17, 1719-20, and the youngest on October 11, 1724. 
Here he had some unimportant transactions in landed 
property, and on September 19, 1728, he gave and 
granted to the selectmen, for the time being, of Charles 
town, all his " housing and lands in said Charles 
town and Stoneham," excepting certain parcels, and 
providing as to these excepted parcels that if he 
should sell them "or any part thereof, for the pay- 
ment of his debts or other ways," his wdfe should 
sign the deeds with him, and should have half the 
money remaining after payment of his debts. " To 
have and to hold unto the said selectmen during the 
life of my said wife provided she sign and execute 
deeds as above said unless I return and live with her 
again until death part us to the use and intent that 
the said selectmen as above said shall suffer the said 
Susannah always to enjoy the premises, and take 
the whole profit thereof for the maintainance of her 
own person and children as above said, and that she 
shall have for herself and use as aforesaid, the one-half 
of my household goods." ^ 

1. Wyman. 356. 

2. Vide supra, p. 27. 

3. Middlesex Eecords, XXIV. 469. 


Having tlins made provision for his family during 
the lifetime of his wife, he went soon after to Oyster 
Bay.^ Only his son Samuel accompanied him. The 
rest of his family remained in Charlestown. He is 
first mentioned in the records of Oyster Bay, in 1736. 
His movements during the interval are not shown. 
He may have tarried a little in Charlestown, probably 
visited New London, and possibly made a voyage to 
England and back. He was a blacksmith, and is once 
mentioned as a potter. His trade of blacksmith may 
give some color of reason for selecting Oyster Bay as a 
place where he could find lucrative employment. It 
appears from a recent history of that town that many 
years previously " no blacksmith Avas found fit to 
mend their utensils and wares. They no doubt re- 
quired an accomplished artisan, one who could make 
their old ai'ticles as good as new, and thus greatly ex- 
tend their term of usefulness. * * * « The records 
show that for many years the settlement of a black- 
smith in the village was considered a public con- 



The records of Oyster Bay show : ^ 

1736, April 3. Hezekiah Holdridge, blacksmith, con- 
veyed to Samuel Fosdick, of Oyster Bay, potter, for 
£50, good and lawful money, or bills of credit of the 
Colony of Connecticut, in New England, a garden spot 
and house in Oyster Bay, fifty feet on the street. This 
is understood to be the location of his smith shop. 

1741, February 12. Samuel Fosdick, of Oyster Bay, 
blacksmith, conveyed to William Hawxhurst, mer- 
chant, for seventeen shillings, a small piece of land 
on which Hawxhurst's foundation stands. 

1742, April 6. At a Town Meeting then held "itt 

1. Caulkins, 343. 

2. Hist. Queens Co., p 476. 

3. Oysterbay Town Records. 


was Granted to Samuell ffordick the Liberty of Six 
Rods of Beach against Blemen's Bridge so called for 
to Build a Wharfe." 

1748, April 29, Charles Wright conveyed land to 
SamueU Fosdick, of Oysterbay for £30 New York 

1750, May 9. The same conveyed land to Samuell 
Fosdick, of the Town of Oyster Bay, for £132 New 
York money. 

1752, March 20. Penn Townsend conveyed to Sam- 
uell Fosdick, blacksmith, of Oyster Bay, for X25, New 
York money, a quarter of an acre "adjoining said 
Samuel Fosdick's smith shop." 

1752, December 7. Samuell Fosdick, blacksmith, 
and Ezekiel Shadbolt, house carpenter, both of Oyster 
Bay, gave to their son and daughter, Samuel Fosdick, 
Jr. and his wife Deborah Fosdick, both of the same 
town, land in Oyster Bay, which Morris Shadbolt died 
seised of. This deed is more fully referred to in the 
account of Samuel Fosdick, Jr., below. 

1753, May 17. SamueU Fosdick, of the Town of 
Oyster Bay, blacksmith, conveyed land to Elije 

1754, September 6. Samuel Fosdick, of Oyster 
Bay, blacksmith, conveyed land to Isaac Frost. 

1754, September 15. Samuel Fosdick, of Oyster 
Bay, blacksmith, conveyed to John Butler and others, 
land in Oyster Bay, bounded east and north partly by 
Samuel Fosdick, Jr.;i and, 

1756, September 12. Samuel Fosdick, of Oyster Bay, 
blacksmith, conveyed to Benjamin Hawxhurst, for 
£127, 10s., the original house spot, blacksmith shop, 
&c., bought of Holdridge, and the one-quarter acre 
bought of Townsend. 

1. Queens Co. Records. 


During tlie twenty years covered by these transac- 
tions, he probably visited Charlestown more or less 
frequently, and is mentioned as being there in 1751, 
and as being some months in Boston.^ 

His wife Susannah died in Charlestown on February 
22, 1753, in her 68th year. Five years afterward he 
married his second wife, Elizabeth Le Gross of Oyster- 
Bay. The marriage was by banns, at Oyster Bay, by 
Rev. Samuel Seabury, Rector of St. George's Church, 
of Hempstead, 2 in whose parish Oyster Bay was then 
included. No further mention of her is found. He is 
mentioned as being in Charlestown again in 1759. ^ 
No further trace of his movements is found until 1767, 
when he is in Charlestown again. Deborah, wife of 
his son Samuel, had died in Oyster Bay, July, 1759.* 
It may be inferred that this second wife of Samuel, 
Sen., died shortly after her marriage, and that he then 
went to Charlestown, being afterward in Oyster Bay 
only at intervals, if at all. As his son Samuel had ac- 
companied him to Oyster Bay, was also a blacksmith, 
and had doubtless for all these years worked with him 
in his calling, and been allied with him in his Oyster 
Bay interests, he probably left his property and busi- 
ness in Oyster Bay to his son's care, and for his benefit. 

Later facts show this to have been his intention. 
By his will, made a few years later, he effectually sep- 
arates his interests in Oyster Bay from his interests in 
Charlestown, and allows them to go to Samuel by giv- 
ing his Charlestown property to his children there, 
and expressly excluding them from any claim or right 
to his estate in the government of New York. 

His will was made in Charlestown on April 23, 

1. Wyman, 356. 

2. Church Records. 
8. Wyman. 

4. Fam. Records. 


1767, he being then eighty-three years old. The first 
paragraph is : 

" Memorandam I Samuel Fosdick of Charlestown In 
the County of Middlesex and Province of the Massi- 
chucits Bay in New England and Being att Present in 
good helth of Bodey and of Sound Memory and Un- 
derstanding, and about to take a longue Jorney or 
Voige and being farr advanced In years and age and 
not Knowing that I shall Ever Eetum heir again Do 
make and ordain this my Last will and Testimen as 
folloeth, viz." 

The will recites that he made a will in 1751 in the 
lifetime of his vnie Susannah, and then gave her the 
disposal of all his personal or moveable estate after 
his decease, but she distributed it all " In the time of 
my abcenc " and his daughters still possess it ; he 
now confirms to them all distributed by his wife before 
her decease or that which they have taken into posses- 
sion since her decease, neither of them to claim any part 
of his estate otherways hereafter ; gives his dutiful son 
Ezekiel one -half of the lands derived by heirship from 
Nicholas Shapley " as shall by my deed of gift mani- 
fest ;" gives his son James the other half thereof, also 
all his other real estate after his decease, both that 
which was given him by his great-gi^andfather Stephen 
Fosdick by will dated February 23, 1663, and all other 
lands belonging to him in Charlestown old or Ston- 
ham which is not above mentioned, " and I do hereby 
Exclud all those my above mentioned children to 
clame or have aney Bight to aney Estate which Doth 
belonge to me In the Govrment of new Tork ;" or- 
dains his son James his heir and executor ; recites 
that he is the lawful heir of his father Samuel Fosdick 
who was the same which Stephen Fosdick, late of 
Charlestown, dec*^, did by his will and entailment give 


and make over all his land and house in Charlestown, 
and forbids any alteration or breach of any pai*t of 
said will of Stephen Fosdick, but that it stand good 
unto his posterity and especially that part relating to 
Samuel Fosdick his grandson. 

The circumstance that in this will he does not men- 
tion his eldest son, Samuel, who was in Oyster Bay, 
and does not dispose of his property in New York 
State, and in one of the three instances in which 
James is named in the will calls him eldest son, is 
further confirmation of his intention that Samuel 
should have the property in Oyster Bay solely, and 
that James's succession should be assured as far as 
possible to the Charlestown propei-ty devised and en- 
tailed by the will of Stephen Fosdick. 

Nothing whatever is known of him after this time. 
He probably took the contemplated long voyage or 
journey and died at sea or abroad. His will was not 
proved until November 4, 1784^ (seventeen years after 
its date and one hundred years after his birth). The 
Revolutionary War had come and passed. His death 
was probably presumed from long absence, but the 
proofs in relation to it are not included in the probate 
record or files, and its date cannot be even approxi- 
mately stated. 

His children were, 1, Mercy ; 2, Mary ; 3, Samuel ; 
4, William ; 5, Ruth ; 6, James ; 7, Ezekiel ; 8, Jesse, 
and 9, Susanna. 


1. Mercy, b. 1707 in New London, m. Samuel Wol- 
cott. Descendants eighteen.* Family names, Gibson, 
Mitchell, Munger, Townsend and Wolcott. 

1. Middlesex Probate Records. 

*Names omitted as not belonging to this Branch. 


2. Maey, b. March 28, 1708, in New London. Noth- 
ing known. 

3. SAMUEL, b. March 11, 1710-11, in New Lon- 
don, next hneal ancestor. 

4. William, b. February 4, 1712-13, in New Lon- 
don, m. Susanna White, d. prev. to 1742. Descend- 
ants forty-five.* Family names. Beard, Bradshaw, 
Childs, Daman, Dix, Fosdick, Gibbs, Simmons, White- 
marsh and Willard. 

5. KuTH, b. January 25, 1713-14, in New London. 
Nothing known. 

6. James, b. November 20. 1716, in New London, 
m. Elizabeth Darling, d. October 16, 1784. Descend- 
ants one hundred and thirty -eight." Family names, 
Brasier, Fosdick, Frothingham, Hall, Hosea, Johnson, 
Litch, Penney, Phipps, Porter, Prince, Rand, Bice, 
Scott, Walker and Wood. 

7. Ezekiel, b. February 17, 1719-20, in Charlestown, 
m. 1, Abigail Wright ; m. 2, Anna Wells. Descendants 
sixty-five.* Family names, Bacon, Bloom, Boardman, 
Bulkly, Curtiss, Davis, Flint, Fosdick, Fuller, Goss, 
Hally, Harrison, Kilborne, Miller, Mitchell, Payne, 
Porter and Whittemore. 

8. Jesse, b. November 7, 1722, in Charlestown. 
Nothing known. 

9. Susanna, b. October 11, 1724, in Charlestown, m. 
Samuel Frothingham, d. 1801. Decendants seven- 
teen.* Family names, Frothingham, Hewlet and Wait, 

♦Names omitted as not belonging to this Branch. 






Samuel Fosdick third, also known as Samuel Fos- 
dick, junior, of Oyster Bay, the fifth, lineal ancestor, 
was the real founder of the Oyster Bay branch of the 
family. As he was the last common ancestor of the 
descendants to whom this record relates, quite full ref- 
erence to the cii-cumstances of his life and family is 
thought proper. 

He was bom in New London, March 11, 1710-11,^ 
and was thus about eight years of age when his father's 
family removed to Charlestown. He probably re- 
mained in the latter place until about his twentieth 
year, when he went "vvith his father to Oyster Bay ; but 
the details of his early life are not positively indicated, 
and he may have left home much earlier, and may 
have been located in Oyster Bay before his father 
went there. He was christened in Oyster Bay, in 
1750.2 He married and established his family home 
there, and Hved there until after the close of the Revo- 
lutionary War. All his twelve children were born in 
that place. 

He was married twice. His first wife, Deborah 
Shadbolt, whom he married in July, 1752, was a 
daughter of Ezekiel and Deborah Shadbolt, ^ and 
granddaughter of Morris Shadbolt. Her father and 
grandfather were both men of some prominence and 
substance. She was born January 1, 1735.* Her 
family was Episcopalian, and at a general town meet- 

1. Wyman's Geneal. 355. 

'•J. Onderdonk Mem. 

3. Oyster Bay Rec. 

4. Fam Rec. 


ing, held January 14, 1707, lier grandfather was chosen 
one of the Vestrymen of the Episcopal Church at 
Hempstead. 1 After their marriage, his father, Samuel 
Fosdick, blacksmith, and her father, Ezekiel Shadbolt, 
house carpenter, both of the township of Oyster Bay, 
joined in giving them a deed, which was dated Decem- 
ber 7, 1752, reciting that "for and in consideration of 
the fatherly love and affection which we have for our 
son and daughter, Samuell Fosdick, junior, and his 
wife Deborah Fosdick, both of the same town afore- 
said, and for their dutiful and well behaving towards 
us, and for there further Incoiu-agement of well liveing 
in the world, wee the said Samuell Fosdick and Ezekiel 
Shadbolt, do by these presents give, grant, release, 
convey, assure and confirm unto our aforesaid son, 
Samuell Fosdick, and to our daughter, Deborah Fos- 
dick his wife, and to their Heirs and assigns forever, 
all that tract of land. Houses and swamp, which we 
have, situate, lying and being in the Old Purchase of 
Oyster Bay, lying on the west side the highway that 
leads up the east the Mill Kiver Creek so called * * 
* * it being land that was Morriss Shadbolt, de- 
ceased. Dyed seised of."^ 

She died July 3, 1759, ^ leaving three small children, 
Silas, aged 6 years ; Morris, 4 ; and Sarah, 3 ; of whom 
Morris died about a year afterward. 

His second wife, whom he married in the spring of 
1760, was Mary Wright, a widow, whose maiden name 
was Moore. 

She was of Irish descent, her family coming either 
from Dublin or Ballinasloe, and was a member of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church. At the time of this 

1. Onderdonk's Annals, Hempstead. 64 ; Hempstead Records, D. 193. 

2. Oyster Bay Rec. 

3. Fam. Rec. 


marriage slie had two small children, by her former 
husband, named John Wright and Sarah Wright. 
The former of these went to sea, and was not heard 
from afterward, and the latter married Zophar Weeks, 
and lived in New York City, having a son Isaac, who 
at one time visited her half brothers, Morris and Solo- 
mon, Avlien they lived at Eockaway. The Wrights 
were among the early settlers in Oyster Bay, and had 
become quite numerous and prominent, the name ap- 
pearing fi-equently upon the property records of the 
town. She died in 1786, at Oyster Bay, and was 
buried there. She left nine children by her second 
marriage, named Samuel, Nathaniel, Anna, Prudence, 
Kebecca, Morris, Thomas, Deborah and Solomon, the 
latter being but ten years old at the time of her death. 
She was slight and small of stature (as extravagantly 
expressed by one descendant " about the size of a 
wasp)," but spirited, bravehearted, and devoted to her 
family. Some instances of her courage have been pre- 
served in the family annals, being the reminiscences of 
Solomon the youngest child, who because of his tender 
age was more the companion of his mother, from 
which we insert the following (communicated by one 
of his granddaughters) by way of illustration : 

" Her husband being a blacksmith, had his doors 
and windows strongly barred. It was not uncommon 
in those days for people to have their property carried 
away. A man came to take her poultry. She took an 
ax, and stepping between him and them, threatened its 
use if he did not let them alone. He walked first upon 
one side and then upon the other, she still keeping 
guard over her flock. Finally he laughed and went 
away without them." 

"While she and her two younger children, Deborah 
and Solomon, were Avalking near the shore one day 


she saw a man wlio was swimming suddenly sink, 
having been seized with cramp. She ran, and plung- 
ing into the water, brought him to the shore." 

" One evening she and the little children, Debbie and 
Solomon were alone in the house. There was a knock 
at the door. She said, ' Samuel is that you ?' No 
answer, but another knock at the door. She repeated 
the question. Some one said, ' open the door or I'll 
stave it down.' She went to another door. The 
famous dog. Gunner, was by her side. She opened 
the door and told Gunner to take him. She heard 
some one run. Heard Gunner gTapple him, went out 
and discovered that he had got a negro by the throat. 
She had to choke the dog before he would let go his 
hold. The negro was badly hurt. She dragged him 
into the entry, and in the morning sent for his master." 

" One of her granddaughters states that she always 
heard her grandmother Fosdick mentioned as more 
than an ordinary woman ; had heard her shrewdness 
spoken of in connection with accounts of her manage- 
ment about sending baskets of provisions and other 
things to her husband and other continental soldiers ; 
thought they were prisoners or in barracks ; had heard 
it said that she had done a great deal in the time of 
the war, and had been a great help." 

He was a blacksmith, and doubtless followed that 
calling in the shop of his father, Hving after his first 
marriage, on the place conveyed to him and his first 
wife by their parents. He and his wife Mary con- 
veyed this property in March, 1763, for X250.i Some 
time subsequent to this they lived upon the Norse 
Wright farm. She and her children may have been 
possessed of a farm when he married her. In 1767, 
he sold a slave (a negro woman named Yenus), for 

1. Oyster Bay Rec. G. 310. 


X55, stated in the record of the transaction to be the 
property of his two eldest children, Silas and Sarah, 
and gave the purchaser a mortgage for obtaining a re- 
lease from them.^ 

In 1775, he took part in an election held for Queens 
County, at Jamaica, from November 7th to 11th, in 
that year, for Deputies to the Provincial Congress, 
which resulted in a vote of 221 for Deputies, and 788 
against. His name appears in the Ust of those who 
voted against sending Deputies, ^ and he thus became 
subject to the resolutions which the Provincial Con- 
gress passed December 21, 1775, in retaliation. ^ A 
large number of these "delinquents" afterward re- 
tracted and became attached to the colonial cause. 
About a year later, "the King being now in possession 
of Queens County, and his soldiers scattered over it, 
the leading whigs having been thrown into prison, and 
the property of those who fled seized by the enemy, 
the remainder were constrained to join the Loyalists in 
petitioning the King's Commissioners that Queens 
County might be restored to Eoyal favor."* This pe- 
tition, dated October 21, 1776, has 1293 names, 
" Samuel Fosdick " being one. 

He and his son Samuel were in the Continental ser- 
vice, though it is probable that, owing to the British 
occupation and the existence of martial law, theii- 
movements in the vicinity of home were marked Tvith 
great caution. During this time his wife proved her 
capability in meeting the troublous cii'cumstances with 
which her home and little ones were sui-rounded. 
Oyster Bay, fi-om its location on the Sound, on the 
north side of the Island, opposite the Connecticut 

1. Queens Co. Rec. 

2. Force's Am. Archives, 4 Ser. HI., 1390. 

3. lb. rV., 372. 

4. Onderdonk's Rev. Inc., 117. 


shore, occupied an exposed position during the Revo- 
lutionary period. The occupation of the region by the 
enemy rendered the times troublous and vexatious to 
householders. In addition to personal danger, there 
was constant liability to depredations upon property. 
Households were not seldom composed of women and 
children much of the time, and coolness and courage 
were often necessarily required of the inmates. In 
the case of this ancestor, his wife seems to have 
showed sterling qualities during this trying period, 
such as were in keeping with the times, and as so gen- 
erally throughout the country, rendered the women of 
the households during the Revolution memorable for 
their bravery and devotion. When the war com- 
menced he was wealthy, but it "ruined him as to prop- 
erty — from the British landing on Long Island to the 
close of the war there was nothing but destruction and 
desolation."^ It is stated that a further cause of his 
shipwrecked fortune was his too great confidence in 
Continental money, in which money he was paid when 
he sold his farm. 

After the death of his second wife he removed with 
his younger children to the farm of his son Silas, in 
Dutchess County, where he remained until his death. 
It is to be noticed that, by this removal, the family 
name became extinct on Long Island for several years. 
He took his remaining efi'ects and property with him 
to his son Silas's, to whom he gave them, with the un- 
derstanding that he should be taken care of during his 
life, and his younger children brought up. It is not 
known that any relics have been preserved among his 
descendants, with the two exceptions of his musket, 
(a Queen's arm) which came into the possession of his 
youngest son, Solomon, (by whom it was highly 

1. Fain. Annals. 


prized), and is now in possession of a grandson of the 
latter, and a calumet or tomahawk, stamped 1769, con- 
cerning which the present owner says, that it was left 
with Samuel Fosdick, of Long Island to be mended, 
in or about 1770, that the breaking out of the Eevolu- 
tion left it in his hands, whence it passed into the 
hands of his son Silas, and from him to Solomon, and 
came into possession of Jesse T. Fosdick, present 
owner, March 1, 1880. The calumet proper, is of 
brass, the cutting edge of steel, indented dots on the 
side are supposed to show the number of scalps taken 
by its Indian owner, the head forms a pipebowl, and 
the handle the stem, it no doubt having often passed 
around a circle of dusky warriors as a peace offering 
or in smoking conclave. 

He died in Dutchess County, on Silas's farm, in 
1792, aged 82, suddenly, having worked in the harvest 
field the day before his death. ^ 


There is every indication in the above that the 
father was industrious and prosperous in his business, 
happy in his domestic relations, and devoted to his 
work and his home. His residence in the same place 
from youth to old age, is in marked contrast with the 
wanderings of his father, with whom, notwithstand- 
ing, he seems to have been a favorite. It is probable 
that while his father was in Oyster Bay they hved and 
worked together, and that, after the son's marriage, 
the father formed part of his household. The family 
life was auspiciously begun under the encouragement 
and aid of his father and his wife's father, as has been 
shown. Its sad interruption seven years later, by the 

1. Fam. Annals. 


death of his wife, leaving him with three smal 
motherless children, was happily brief ; the accession 
of his second wife with her two small fatherless chil- 
dren, occurring a short time afterward. From this 
time until the Revolution, the family life seems to 
have flowed on uneventfully, peacefully and success- 
fully ; the father absorbed in his occupation, a quiet, 
perhaps a reticent man ; the mother energetic and 
careful in her household and maternal duties ; the chil- 
dren well brought up ; the older ones, at proper ages, 
leaving home to provide for themselves, and the 
younger tenderly cared for at home. 

Even through the disturbing influences of the Revo- 
lution the household was sustained, the youngest chil- 
dren being watched over and cherished by their 
mother until her death. 

A descendant writes of these parents : " They had 
a numerous family, all of whom were remarkable for 
activity — never easy — always in motion, with great 
benevolence and kindness."^ 

1. Fam. Annals. 



These were— 1, SILAS- % MORRIS; 3, SARAH; 
(by his first wife, Deborah Shadbolt), and 4, 
(by his second wife, Mary "Wright). 

The second child, Morris, born May 4, 1755, died at 
the age of five years. He was probably named after 
Morris Shadbolt, grandfather of his mother. He is 
believed to have been the first of the family to bear 
the name Morris, which was afterward, however, re- 
peatedly given to later descendants. His half brother, 
the ninth child, w^as given the same name. 

Deborah, the eleventh child, was born in 1774. She 
never married, and died a young lady. She was 
amiable, kindhearted, self sacrificing, and faithful to 
duty. The circumstances of her hfe were almost 
pathetic. Tenderly cared for and delicately reared as 
a child, left motherless at the age of twelve, her home 
broken up while still a child, the hardships of the 
times compelling her emplo}^uent among comparative 
strangers, she early succumbed to the tasks she was 
called upon to meet, though kindly treated and pro- 
vided for by those with whom she had her home. 

Silas settled in Dutchess County; Sarah married 
William Brown, and lived in the same County; 
Samuel, in Greene County ; Nathaniel, in Orange 
County; Anna married John Valentine and lived in 
Queens County ; Prudence married Joseph Lawrence 


and lived in Saratoga County ; Bebecca married 
Richard Hines, and lived in New York City ; Morris, 
in Queens County ; Thomas, in Orange County; and 
Solomon in Erie County; all in New York State. 

It was quite usual at this period for families to have 
an interest in and some acquaintance with sailing 
vessels, which were a very general and important 
means of travel and traffic. These were very numer- 
ous on such waterways as the Sound and the Hudson, 
especially the latter, (a fact fully noticed by Cooper in 
his "Afloat and Ashore" and his "Miles Walhng- 
ford.") Hence some liking for seamanship was apt to 
be developed in the boys and young men of the time, 
and it was natural that the sons of this ancestor should 
leave their home early, and be found located, in after 
years, in different places along or near the Hudson. 
The removal of the father and younger children to the 
home of Silas in Dutchess County also, no doubt, 
contributed to this result. Then, in consequence of 
the loss of property by the war, they were all thrown 
upon their own resources at an early age, and this 
necessity for individual and independent effort caused 
their permanent settlement in separate and somewhat 
distant localities; so that, in thos& days of imperfect 
communication, intercourse between them was not inti- 
mate or frequent, although visits were made between 
some of them at long intervals. Their records were 
thus found disconnected, and only the gratifying inter- 
est shown by most of the living representatives in 
learning of each other, and their consequent cordial 
response to inquiiies, has made possible the gathering 
into one compilation of the records and facts nest 

Note. Only three of the grandsons of Samuel Fos- 
dick, third, are known to survive : Morris Fosdick, of 


JamaiccO., N. Y., son of his ninth child Morris, and 
John S. Fosdick of Westfield, N. Y., and Jesse T. 
Fosdick, of Salamanca, N. Y., sons of his twelfth child 


Gen. I., Stephen Fosdick, progenitor, 1583-1664. 
Gen. II., John Fosdick, seventh ch. of Stephen, 1626-1716. 
Gen. III., Samuel Fosdick first, fourth ch. of John, 1655-1700. 
Gen. IV., Samuel Fosdick second, second ch. of Samuel first, 

1684— after 1767. 
Gen. v., Samuel Fosdick third, third ch. of Samuel second, 

Gen. VI., Silas Fosdick, first ch. of Samuel third. 

SILAS FOSDICE, the eldest child of Samuel Fos- 
dick, third, became a farmer. He was born in Oyster 
Bay, April 30, 1753. His mother, Deborah, died when 
he was six years old. He left Oyster Bay when young, 
and went eventually to Nine Partners, now Clinton, 
Dutchess County, N. Y., where he purchased a farm and 
settled before the Revolutionary war, and remained 
there until his death. He married Mary Hallock? 
daughter of Gershom and Mary Hallo ck, of Clinton, on 
October 11, 1781. She was born January 30, 1766. 
It was with him that his father formed his doroicil on 
his removal from Long Island after the death of his 
second wife, bringing his younger children with him. 
His father remained with him until his death in 1792. 
It is not supposed that the children remained there 
long. His wife died April 3, 1827. He sui-vived her 
eighteen years, his death occurring on March 19, 1845, 
on the same farm which he pui'chased when a young 
man. He commenced poor, but became wealthy, and 
left a considerable estate. His will, made September 
23, 1843, mentions fifty acres in the Town of Vienna, in 
possession of his son Gershom, gives his Bible to his 


son William B,, and refers to all his living children 
and to the heirs of his deceased son Isaac. His 
homestead is not specifically mentioned. 

His children were: 1, ISAAC; 2, GEESHOM; 3, 
SILAS Jr.; 4, DEBOEAH; 5, GEOEGE W.; 6, 
SAEAH; 7, MAEY; 8, MOEEIS; 9, PHEBE, and 

1. ISAAC FOSDICK, b. September 15, 1782 ; sup- 
posed to have settled in Goshen, New York; m. 1, 
Sarah Shadbolt, (a singular coincidence of name with 
that of his grandmother) ; m., 2, unknown ; was killed 
May 9, 1834, by his horse running over a precipice; 
nine chn. — 1, Hieam, d. aet. 27 years, s. — 2, John, m., 
killed by cars, no chn. — 3, Phebe, m. Darius Merwin 
1835, d. 1836 — 4, Calvin, m. 1, Salina Draper, s. d. 
1837, m. 2, Laura A. Draper, s. d. 1862, rem. to Spirit 
Lake, Iowa, several chn., unknown — 5, Ludlow — 6, 
Maey, m. John Briggs, four chn.; 1, unknown; 2, John; 
3, Sarah, m. Peck, d. 1877 ; 4 Julia — 7, Ann, m. Simeon 
Arnold, two chn.: 1, William ; 2, Martha, m. Bates — 
8, Belinda, m. Dutcher — 9, Silas, never m., left home 
on visit to sisters and never heard from after visit. 

2. GEESHOM EOSDICK, b. February 1, 1786, 
farmer, m. Sarah Ellis, d. May 27, 1869, three chn.: 
— 1, Samuel, machinist — 2, Eichaed — 3, Jeeusha, m. 

3. SILAS FOSDICK, Je., b. January 28, 1788, m. 
Susan Davis, lived at Attica, New York, d. there 
January 25, 1875, six chn. — 1, Clakinda, m. Harvey 
Eiley, six chn.; 1, Ashley, daguerrean ; 2, David ; 3, 
Harvey Jr., m., (one ch., 1, Leah Sidney) ; 4, Silas, 
farmer and drover; 5, Mary, d.; 6, George, m. Sarah 
Lawrence, (two chn., 1, Nelson ; 2, Mina) — 2, Ashley, 
m., no chn., except by adoption — 3, Julia, s. — 4, 


Louisa, d.— 5, Davis, m,, d. 1853—6, Aletta, m. on 
death bed, d. 1854 in Michigan. 

In 1880, his family lived in Michigan, twenty-five 
miles from Rochester. 

4. DEBORAH FOSDICK, b. February 4, 1791, m. 
John S. Davis December 6, 1810, he d. September 6, 
1865, s. d. April 19, 1879, at Vienna, New York, seven 
chn. — 1, Silas H., b. September 21, 1811, m. Lucy 
Bancroft, April 9, 1835, s. d. January 1882, h. d. April 
5, 1891, on farm where he settled in 1830, in Vienna, 
eight chn.:l, John Edwin, b. January 17, 1836 ; 2, 
Matilda, b. October 22, 1837; 3, Caroline H., b. Octo- 
ber 10, 1839 ; 4, Mary, b. June 25, 1842 ; 5, Sarah, b. 
June 13, 1844 ; 6, Charles, b. July 23, 1846 ; 7 Jane, b. 
March 1, 1849; 8 William H., b. May 16, 1853—2. 
Stephen, b. December 2, 1814, m., 1. Vienna, New 
York, four chn.: 1, George; 2, Mary; 3, Eliza Ann; 
4, Silas — 3, Mary, b. November 22, 1816, m. Andrew 
Washburn, 1834, d. June 28, 1878, six chn.: 1, Davis; 
2, Jane ; 3, Julie ; 4, Charles ; 5, Harriet ; 6, Lydia — 4, 
Sarah, b. February 9, 1819, m. Charles Mumford, 1844, 
d. March 2, 1850—5, Henry, b. June 15, 1824, m., 1. 
Mitchell County, Iowa, six chn.: 1, Nettie ; 2, Clarissa 
A.; 3, Willis; 4, Ida; 5, Deborah; 6, Mary E. — 6, Jane, 
b. May 7, 1829, m. Stephen Crapser, 1855, d. May 7, 
1891, Vienna, New York, two chn.: 1, Mary; 2, 
Charles — 7, Hiram, b. November 3, 1834, m., 1. Worth 
County, Iowa three chn.: 1, John H.; 2, Charles; 3, 

5. GEORGE W. FOSDICK, b. May 25, 1793, never 
m., d. January 30, 1833. 

6. SARAH FOSDICK, b. July 6, 1795; m. Peter W. 
Griffin, 1821 ; their house burned 1865, and with it the 
fam. Bible of her fa., and record of gr. fa.; s. d. August 


30, 1871 ; h. b. January 9, 1795, at Clinton, New York, 
d. March 18, 1873 ; five clin.— 1, Maky, b. January 12, 
1825 ; m, 1, Osborn Wyatt, of Orange County, h. d. 
twenty-three years after m., was Deacon Baptist 
Church ; m. 2, S. L. Plank, h. d. 1887 ; m. 3, Ebenezer 
Mascho ; 1. Elmer, Pennslyvania, five chn., all by first 
husband ; 1, Sarah E., b. August 20, 1843, d. March 
21, 1871; 2, Warren O., 1. Tioga County, Pennsyl- 
vania; 3, Mary J., m., 1, Elmer, Pennsylvania; 4, Abram 
P., 1. Schuyler County, New York ; 5, Olive A., 1. 
Elmer, Pennsylvania — 2, Thomas, b. March 8, 1826, d. 
October 7, 1830—3, Abraham P. W., b. August 15, 

1827, d. May 21, 1845, s. 4, Jane, b. May 18, 

1829, m. 5, Sarah, b. January 19, 1835, m. John 

S. Knapp, 1. Elmer, Pennsylvania. 

7. MAEY FOSDICK, b. May 12, 1797, m. 1, Darius 
Covil, m. 2, Francis U. Vanzandt after 1845, d. Novem- 
ber 5, 1883, three chn. — 1, Morgan, d. infant — 2, Dru- 
SILLA, m. 1, George Mercer, m. 2, Sylvanus Davis, m. 
3, Daniel Newcome, seven chn.; 1, Morgan Mercer, m. 
Tompson; 2, Mary Jane Mercer, m. Reimer; 3, Louisa 
Mercer, m. Reimer ; 4, Adaline Davis ; 5, George 
Davis; 6, Victoria Newcome, d.; 7, Rhoda Newcome — 
3, Phebe, m. Denis Delana, three chn.; 1, Nelson, m. 
Rebecca Harper, (one ch.: 1, Jesse); 2, Jerome; 3, 

8. MORRIS FOSDICK, b. August 15, 1800, m. 
Elizabeth Wiley, d. September 10, 1849, six chn. — 
1, John— 2, Eliza — 3, Elmira — 4, Hannah— 5, Jacob 
— 6, William. 

9. PHEBE FOSDICK, b. November 7, 1803, d. 
June 12, 1808. 

10. WILLIAM B. FOSDICK, b. June 20, 1807, in 
Clinton, New York; in 1825-6, was musician in the 


Light Infantry Company of his cousin, WiUiam Brown' 
Jr.; went from Dutchess County in 1830; became a suc- 
cessful farmer at OaMand, Michigan ; m. Esther Cox, s. 
b. January 5, 1808, d. May 1, 1891 ; h. d. April 16, 
1886, at Oakland. An obituary notice in a local news- 
paper states: "He stayed with his father until he 
Avas twenty-three years old, then, in 1833, came to the 
Town of Oakland, Michigan, settling on the land which 
remained his homestead until his death. In the 
spring of 1835, he went to New York, and returned 
with his intended wife, marrying her in the fall, in the 
house which he built during the summer. He added 
to his original home some one hundred and twenty 
acres. In political faith he was a Jacksonian Demo- 
crat, while he professed no religious faith but that up- 
rightness of purpose and integrity of heart, which 
should form a part of the religion of every man. He 
possessed in a high degree those qualities which go to 
make a kind husband and neighbor, and an affection- 
ate father." Four chn. — 1, Lauea Ann, b. December 
17, 1837, m. Axford Price, November 19, 1862, 1. Ma- 
comb County, Michigan, three chn.; 1, Corydon S., b. 
April 4, 1864, d. September 7, 1890, fi'om injimes re- 
ceived on night of 6th, in a distressing railroad acci- 
dent. A train which he flagged passed beyond the 
crossing, his signal not being seen in time. In his 
effort to reach it, the darkness not enabling him to see 
that it was backing, the rear coach struck him down, 
the whole train passed over his arm and shoulder, and 
the firebox being low carried him some distance ; 2, 
Willie, b. June 14, 1865 ; 3, Oscar N., b. March 27, 
1869—2, Nelson B., b. August 13, 1841, m. Emma J. 
Carpenter, January 22, 1874, 1. on old homestead, Oak- 
land, four chn.; 1, William C, b. October 18, 1881, d. 
November 1, 1881 ; 2, infant, b. and d. February 18, 


1883 ; 3, Nelson W., b. July 19, 1885 ; 4, Arthur, b. 
November 14, 1890, d. April 26, 1891—3 and 4 un- 

Suggesti07i.— The order of issue, as stated in the line of ancestry, and as 
shown by the numbers in front of the names of descendants, affords a concise 
method of designating each descendant, thus: 1, 7 4, 2, 3, 1, 3, 1. 3, 1, designates 
Leah Sidney Riley, she being (reading conversely) the first ch. of third ch., 
(Harvey Riley, Jr.) of first ch. (Clarinda Fosdick Riley) of third ch., (Silas 
Fosdick, Jr.) of first ch., (Silas Fosdick) of third ch., (Samuel Fosdick third) of 
second ch., (Samuel Fosdick second) of fourth ch., (Samuel Fosdick first), of 
seventh ch (John Fosdick) of one (Stephen Fosdick, progenitor). 



Gen. I., Stephen Fosdick, progenitor, 1583-1664. 
Gen. II., John Fosdick, seventh ch. of Stephen, 1626-1716. 
Gen. III., Samuel Fosdick first, fourth ch. of John, 1655-1700. 
Gen. IV., Samuel Fosdick second, second ch. of Samuel first, 

1684— after 1767. 
Gen. v., Samuel Fosdick third, third ch. of Samuel second, 

Gen. VI., Sarah Fosdick, third ch. of Samuel third. 

SARAH FOSDICK, the third child of Samuel 
Fosdick third, and his last child by his first wife 
Deborah, was born July 16, 1757, at Oyster Bay. She 
married William Brown, a farmer, near Pleasant Val- 
ley, in Dutchess County, New York, on March 16, 
1785. The fact that she was the only own sister of 
Silas may serve to account for her marriage and loca- 
tion in the vicinity of his home. She probably visited 
him, and may have made her residence with him for a 
time before his marriage. She and her husband lived 
and died on their farm, about three miles southeast of 
Pleasant Valley. They were zealous members of the 
Presbyterian Church. Her husband was a Captain in 
the war of 1812; was wounded by a bullet passing 
through his neck, and received a pension for a few 
years before his death. 

She died March 30, 1824. Her husband was born 
September 14, 1755, and died November 8, 1828. 

Their children were : 1, DEBOEAH ; 2, JOHN • 
3, THEDORUS ; 4, AMY, and 5, WILLIAM Jr. 


1. DEBOEAH BEOWN, b. February 5, 1787 ; m. 
Martin Dubois, May 10, 1802; d. August 9, 1814; two 
elm. — 1, John, d. about 1843, in New York— 2, Wil- 
liam, mute, 1. witb Charles Bostwick, Verbank, New 

2. JOHN BEOWN, b. August 23, 1788, d. October 
7, 1790. 

3. THEDOEUS BEOWN, b. February 6, 1792, in 
La Grange, New York, m. Sarah Smith, February 12, 
1819, d. October 15, 1851, Pleasant Valley, widow, 
d. April 3, 1884, five chn. — 1 Clarissa W., b. De- 
cember 21, 1819, m. Daniel F. Free, rem. to Troy, 
d. June 4, 1864, three chn. — 1, Frances ; 2, L. Augusta, 
and 3, Josephine — 2 Ann Maria, b. June 26, 1821, m. 
Joseph D. Mastin, January 16, 1845, four chn.: 1, 
George D.; 2, Alice M.; 3, Herschel, and 4, James S. — 
3, Deborah M., b. April 2, 1823, m. James Mullen, 
October 17, 1845, d. April 1, 1867, no ch.— 4, Eliza, b. 
September 12, 1825, d. August 2, 1830—5, Mary A., b. 
October 12, 1829, m. James Mullen, August 9, 1868, 1. 
Poughkeepsie, N. Y., one ch.: 1, Carrie Starr, d. 
March 17, 1881. 

4. AMY BEOWN, b. September 20, 1795, m. Wil- 
liam Velie, January 4, 1819, d. January 16, 1848, lived 
near her fa., two chn. — 1, Sarah Eliza, b. July 8, 1825, 
m. Cornelius Phillips, October 1, 1844, d. February, 
1889, he d., lived Freedom Plains, New York, four 
ch.: 1, Emma Jane, b. March 12, 1847, m. Daniel S. 
Ingram, October 18, 1866, d. October 3, 1871, (one ch. 

1, Charles P., b. July 24, 1869, d. February 6, 1870); 

2, Josephine, b. February 11, 1849, m. John Barmore, 
February 11, 1873 ; 3, WilUam, b. February 10, 1851, 
m. Ida Duncan, February 11, 1874, d. February 9, 
1876 ; 4, Warren, b. December 3, 1853, m. Eugenia 


Baker, November 17, 1875, d., (one cL., 1, Wan-en C, 
b. October 22, 1878)— 2, Hannah Minetta, b. Novem- 
ber 11, 1835, m. Charles Boshvick September 12, 1860 
h. b. February 10, 1834, 1. Yerbank, New York, two 
clin.: 1, WilHam M., b. July 7, 18G3 ; 2, George A.^ 
b. September 21, 1875. 

5. WILLIAM BEOWN, Jr., b. September 5, 1802, 
m. Freelove Davis, December 30, 1822, cl. November 
24, 1833 ; was Captain of a Light Infantry Company 
in 1826, in which his cousin, WiUiam B. Fosdick, son 
of Silas, was a musician ; lived at Pleasant Valley, 
New York, two chn. — 1, James, d. aet. 18 — 2, Edward, 
supposed living near Kochester. 

See suggestion, p. 76. 



Gen. I., Stephen Fosdick, progenitor, 1583-1664. 
Gen. II., John Fosdick, seventh ch. of Stephen, 1626-1716. 
Gen. III., Samuel Fosdick first, fourth ch. of John, 1655-1700. 
Gen. IV., Samuel Fosdick second, second ch. of Samuel first, 

1684— after 1767. 
Gen. v., Samuel Fosdick third, third ch. of Samuel second, 

Gen. VI., Samuel Fosdick fourth, fourth ch. of Samuel third. 

SAMUEL FOSDICK FOUBTJI^ihe foui-tli cliild 
of Samuel Fosdick third, and liis first child by his 
second wife Mary, was born December, 1760, at Oyster 
Ba3\ After leaving the Continental army, he removed 
from Long Island to the west part of the Town of New 
Baltimore, in Greene County, New York, near Cox- 
sackie, where he became a farmer, OA^oiing a farm and 
living there until his death. He married Elizabeth 
Thorne, April 13, 1786. He was of thrifty habit and 
exemplary character, and they became wealthy. He 
also became a Quaker preacher, and it was his custom 
to regularly attend the Yearly Meetings of Friends, in 
NeAv York City, on which occasions he visited his 
younger brother, Morris, at Springfield, Long Island. 
His grandson, Samuel T., remembers that he and his 
father David accompanied his grandfather on one of 
these visits, 1827 or 1828, and they all made an excur- 
sion to Rockaway. These yearly' visits he continued 
to his brother's children after their parents died, mak- 
ing the last one in 184:5, about two years before his 


In illustration of Ms own carefulness and the cus- 
toms of tlie time, it is said that on being asked, on one 
of these visits, as to the expense of traveling, he re- 
XDlied : " Morris, I will tell thee ; I had six dollars 
in my pocket when I left Coxsackie, and I expect to 
have six dollars when I arrive home." His wife died 
January 12, 1833, aged 63. He died January 18, 1847, 
aged 86, " at peace with all the world, esteemed by all 
that knew him, a peacemaker in fact." 

His chHdren were : 1, DEBOEAH ; 2, MARY ; 3, 
HENRY C; 4, DAVID; 5, NATHANIEL; and 6, 

1. DEBORAH FOSDICK, b. 1787, m. Jacob Dick- 
inson, April 29, 1807; lived in New Baltimore until 
after 1825; then removed to Oneida County, New 
York ; seven chn.— 1, Henry— 2, Charles— 3 Mary — 4, 
Jacob — 5, Angeline — 6, Samuel — and 7, Ezra. 

2. MARY FOSDICK, b. May 27, 1789, m. John 
Norbury, an Englishman, November 28, 1810. They 
moved to the old homestead of her father in 1837, 
when her brother Nathaniel left it for St. Johnsville, 
and her father died there at his old home. Three 
chn. — 1, John — and 2, Thomas, both of whom studied 
medicine and located in New York City, and — 3, a 
daughter, who m. Quimby, "the great bee man of 

3. HENRY C. FOSDICK, b. August 3, 1791, m. 
October 30, 1811. He and Jacob Dickinson and John 
Norbury, as stated in the History of Greene County, 
p. 242, were three of the founders of the Forestville 
Commonwealth in 1824 or 1825, site, Lapham's Mills, 
Coxsackie ; and on October 13, 1827, he and two 
others sold to John Norbury, John S. Quimby and 
another, a tract of 315 acres, being the whole lands 


lately occupied by the rorest\dlle CommoiiAvealtli. 
He removed to Cleveland, Ohio ; five chn. — 1, Moses 
— 2, David — 3, Epenetus — 4, Abigail — and 5, Eliza ; 

4. DAVID FOSDICK, b. June 10, 1795, in Greene 
County New York ; m. Kebecca Davids (dau. Jonathan 
and Elizabeth), of Greenville, New York, October 10, 
1817 ; s. b. 12-3-1793 ; lived on his father's farm till 
1824 ; removed to New York City ; was there a few 
years ; then bought a farm a httle north and west of 
where his father lived ; a few years after, went West 
to Alleghany and Cattaraugus Counties ; visited his 
uncle Solomon about 1829 ; lived in Spring^dlle two 
years ; removed to Cold Creek, Alleghany County, and 
died there about 1836 ; two chn.— 1, Samuel Thokne, 
b. 10-3-1818; m. 1, Elizabeth Conine, February 
20, 1839; s. d.; m. 2, Elizabeth Irwin, 1855 ; lived in 
New York City till 1858, when he removed to Chats- 
worth, lUinois, where he now lives ; was admitted to 
the bar and has practiced law there about thirty-seven 
years; one ch.; 1, Mary, living with her fa. — 2, John 
NoEBURY, named after his uncle, b. 3-21-1833 ; m. 
Nancy Eiteman ; s. b. January 1, 1836 ; lives Fort 
Dodge, Iowa ; five chn.; Lucy, b. November 23, 1863; 
2, Kate, b. December 14, 1870 ; 3, Ida, b. June 13, 
1872; 4, Charles, b. September 18, 1874, and 5, 

5. NATHANIEL FOSDICK, b. December 19, 
1799 ; m. Deborah Underhill, 1819 ; lived on the old 
homestead of his father, in 1837 ; removed to St. 
Johnsville, New York ; five chn. — 1, Elizabeth T., b. 
May 25, 1820 ; m. 1837 ; h. d.; moved to St. Johns- 
ville with fa. — 2, Underhill C, b. February 17, 1823 ; 
m., worked on fa's farm 1837; two chn.; 1, Charles ; 2, 


Mary — 3, Eeastus H., b. August 22, 1824 ; m.; carpen- 
ter ; lives Pittsgrove, New Jersey ; seven chn.; 1, 
Samuel W.; 2, Deborah ; 3, Emeline ; 4, Harriet E.; 
5, Mary A., m. Elwood S. Sayre of Daretown, New 
Jersey, October 12, 1888 ; 6, Erastus H. Jr.; and 7, 
William S.— 4, Mary Jane, b. December 12, 1835—5, 
Louisa Augusta, b. July 28, 1838. 

6. EPENETUS FOSDICK, b. September 22, 1802 ; 
nothing known. 

See Suggestion, p. 76. 


Gen. I., Stephen Fosdick, progenitor, 1583-1G64. 
Gen. II., John Fosdick, seventh oh. of Stephen 162G-1716. 
Gen. III., Samuel Fosdick first, fourth ch. of John, 1655-1700. 
Gen. IV., Samuel Fosdick second, second ch. of Samuel first, 

168-4— after 1767. 
Gen. v., Samuel Fosdick third, third ch. of Samuel second, 

Gen. VI., Nathaniel Fosdick, fifth ch. of Samuel third. 

NATHANIEL FOSDICK, the fifth child of 
Samuel Fosdick third, of Oyster Bay, was born in 1762, 
at that place ; left home early ; went to Nova Scotia ; 
lived there several years ; married his wife there ; re- 
turned to New York vdth considerable money, and was 
at one time Keeper of the Old State Prison at Green- 
wich Village, then a suburb of the City, about a mile 
and a half north of the present Duane street ; on leav- 
ing there, settled in Newburgh, Orange County ; after 
some years removed to ^Yestern New York with his 
wife and youngest daughter; was a farmer there, at 
Ashford ; about 1830 returned to Newburgh, where he 
died in 1835 or 1836, fi-om paralysis, caused by an in- 
jury to his hand. He was engaged in the war, though 
very young, for it is stated that on one occasion when 
he tried to escape to see his mother, he hid himself in 
an old building, and when they attempted to take him 
prisoner he killed a Hessian soldier. It is also said 
that when he was about to sail for St. John's, his 
mother went aboard the vessel, and tried to persuade 
him not to go ; but he persisted, and it was a matter 


of regret to Mm during life, for lie never saw lier 
again. During his stay in Western New York he met 
with his brother Solomon and family. His farming 
venture there was unsuccessful. He frankly stated 
that he could make more from his garden in New- 
burgh than from his whole farm in Ashford. 

His wife was Rachel Moral, of Nova Scotia, whom he 
married in 1788. She was noted for extraordinary phy- 
sical strength. She survived him, dying in 1862, aet. 
88, at the residence of her son-in-law, at Clyde, Ohio. 

His children were: 1, MARY; 2, JOHN; 3, 
ELIZA ; 4, THOMAS ; and 5, ANN MARIA. 

1. MARY FOSDICK, b. 1790, m. 1, Chauncey 
Grames, at Newburg, lived at Gardentown, New York, 
he d. there ; m. 2, John Marony, at Newburgh, he d. 
Cornwall ; she d. at Canterbury, New York, aet. 78, at 
dau. Lydia Edwards's ; four chn. — 1, Christophee, d. 
a ch. — 2, Deborah, m, Henry Hultz, d. — 3, Lydia, m. 
William Edwards, d. — 4, Stephen, drowned. 

2. JOHN FOSDICK, b. 1792, m. Sarah Cole ; Uved 
Newburgh ; removed to Paterson, New Jersey ; he and 
w. d. about 1869, at Port Jervis ; eight chn. — 1, Gil- 
bert — 2, Rachel — 3, Sarah — 4, Ann — 5, Catharine — 

6, 7, 8, UNKNOWN. 

3. ELIZA FOSDICK, b. 1794; m. Zachariah 
Whitehead, at Newburgh ; removed to Ashford, New 
York, and afterward to Ohio ; d. in Ohio, November 
20, 1869 ; he d. there, aet. 79 ; nine chn. — 1, Anna, b. 
1817, m. Samuel Silvester Gardner, 1. Norwalk, Ohio, 
six chn.: 1, Melvina, m.; 2, Elvira, m.; 3, Cinderella, 
m., d.; 4, Ar^dla, m.; 5, Eliza, m., and 6, Charles, s. — 
2, Rachel, d. — 3, Jane, m. Heman Lewis, three chn.: 
1, Anna ; 2, Jane ; and 3, Alta — 4, Mitchell, m., 
twelve chn.: 1, Sarah ; 2, Vina ; 3, Carrie ; 4, Dela ; 


5, Jane; 6, Carl; 7, Maggie; 8, Florence; 9, Deborah ; 
10, Kirk ; 11, George ; and 12, Mitchell— 5, John, m., 
four chn.: 1, Clarence; 2, Alice; 3, Orick ; and 4, 
Hiram— G, William, m., d., four chn.: 1, Charles ; 2, 
Albert; 3, William; and 4, Frank— 7, James, s.— 8, 
Andrew, m., no chn.— 9, Eliza, m. Denslo ; two chn.: 
1, Dexter, and 2, Mitchell. 

4. TflOMAS FOSDICK, b. May 22, 1796 ; was car- 
penter and joiner ; learned his trade of his uncle Solo- 
mon, at Newburgh, with whom he afterward lived for 
some time at Eensselaerville ; "was a well behaved 
young man and of good appearance;" m. Hetty Plum- 
sted, December 12, 1816; s. b. October 20, 1796; 
lived Crawfordtown, New York ; h. d. there October 
24, 1856 ; w. d. there July 30, 1875 ; ten chn.~l, 
Nathan, b. 1817, Newburgh; m. Hannah A. Van 
Brunt, November 21, 1839 ; 1. Big Flats, New York ; 
seven chn.: 1, Sarah A.; 2, Mary F.; 3, Amzi L., of 
Port Jervis; 4, Hattie E.; 5, Nathan H. Jr.; 6, Louisa 
C, and 7, Carrie E.— 2, Catharine Buell, b. De- 
cember 25, 1822, in Orange County; m. Koe C. Van 
Brunt, November 11, 1841 ; h. b. Vune 11, 1820, d. 
December 29. 1870 ; 1. Hancock, Illinois ; ten chn.: 
1, Mary E., b. August 16, 1842, m. Ahiza Chambers, 
June 1, 1863, (three chn., names unkno^vn) ; 2, Hester 
A., b. October 2, 1844, d.; 3, EmUy C, b. March 23, 
1847, d.; 4, Charles E., b. February 20, 1849, m. Lucia 
J. Austin, December 24, 1873, no chn.; 5, Samuel Nel- 
son, b. June 21, 1851, m. Mary H. Maroe, October 16, 
1874, (two chn. names unknown) ; 6, Eoanna C, b. 
September 19, 1853, s., 1. Augusta, Illinois ; 7, Lanna 
A., b. December 8, 1855, s., 1. Augusta, Illinois; 8, 
George F., b. June 26, 1858, m., (two chn., 1, George, 
and 2, Charles) ; 9, EUsworth E., b. August 31, 1861, 


s.; and 10, Edwin Colman, b. May 16, 1864, d. 
January, 1890 — 3, David, m. Emily Webb, d., three 
chn.: 1, Jolin D., of Kamapo, New York, m.; 2, Eutli; 
and 3, Minnie — 4, Ann Maeia, m. Henry Penney, in 
Newburgli, both d., two clin.: 1, Emma Jane, m., 1. 
New York City ; and 2, Mary Eliza, d. — 5, Ckaweord, 
m. Ellen Kennedy, d., two chn.: 1, Eva Dora, d. in 
New Orleans ; and 2, William, lost one arm, probably 
preaching in Mexico — 6, Betsey, m. John Bryan,*!. 
Chester, New York, six chn.: 1, William ; 2, Alice ; 
3, Nathaniel ; 4, Henry ; 5, Joseph ; and 6, David — 
7, Joseph P. Eosdyck, b. February 8, 1829, in Orange 
County, m. Abigail McCon, February 6, 1850, 1. Au- 
gusta, Illinois, eight chn.: 1, Thomas H., b. July 11, 
1852, m. Mary Kington, (1 ch., dau., name unknown) ; 
2, Joanna, b. July 31, 1856, m. James P. Browning, 
(two chn., names unknown) ; 3, Jesse B., b. September 
18, 1859 ; 4, Frances Elmeda, b. February 16, 1861 ; 5, 
Louisa May, b. February 16, 1861, m. Bartlet Thorn- 
ton ; 6, Eliphalet P., b. October 23, 1864, m. Jennie 
Grimes, in Indiana, July 11, 1885, (one ch.; 1, Dory 
E.) ; 7, Joseph E., b. April 7, 1867 ; and 8, Oakley J., 
b. November 16, 1870 — 8, Matilda P., b. December 

28, 1833, in New York; m. Ellis Bailey Wood; h. b. 
Pennsylvania, December 22, 1833, 1. Augusta, Illinois, 
six chn.: 1, Arabella, N., b. July 29, 1860, m. C. B. 
FuUer, March 15, 1885 ; 2, Hattie Augusta, b. October 

29, 1861, m. B. F. Griffiths October 29, 1882; 3,Frank- 
Un E., b. April 7, 1864, m. Louisa Seward, February 
26, 1890 ; 4, Isaac E., b. August 30, 1866 ; 5, Freddie 
W., b. February 10, 1868; and 6, MarshaU B., b. Octo- 
ber 14, 1873—9, Maey P., b. December 29, 1840, m. 
Giles C. Hawley, September 9, 1858, d. September 26, 
1872, two chn.: 1, Sophia A., b. October 31, 1859, s.; 
2, Edward H., b. July 26, 1863, s.— 10, Ellen Jane, 


m. William Young, of New York City, d., two elm.: 

1, Eebecca ; 2, Mary Ellen, 1. New York City. 

5. ANN MAEIA FOSDICK, b. 1804, m. Eobert 
Connolly, a Metliodist, d. 1841, lived at Newburg, lie 
m. 2, and first wife's mo. lived with him, four chu. — 1, 
Kachel, b. Newburgh, August 3, 1822 ; m. Albert E. 
Sexton, in Newburgh, January 3, 1838 ; h. farmer, b. 
1812, d. January 22, 1876, at Wehsville, New York ; s. 
d. Wellsville, December 24, 1889, suddenly, fi-om apo- 
plexy, with which she was stricken the day before on 
return home from shopping, up to which time she was 
in her usual health ; was a very estimable lady ; eight 
chn., all b. at Newburgh; 1, Albert, b. March 17, 1839, 
salesman, m. Jane Lowers, of New Hurly, 1858, s. b. 
August 10, 1834, d. February 10, 1865, Newburgh ; (one 
ch.; 1, James, b. January 1, 1860, d. infant, March 20); 

2, Ann, b. February 7, 1842, d. July 30, 1843 ; 3, Annie 
Maria, b. July 8, 1844, m. John D. Crowner, of Wells- 
ville, December 18, 1861, h. farmer, b. August 1, 1826, 
in Hebron, New York, 1. Wellsville, New York, (two 
chn.; 1, Linnie Belle, b. April 28, 1863, m. Elmer E. 
Matthews, September 16, 1888, 1. Newburgh, h. whole- 
sale gi-ocer, b. Olive, New York, September 25, 1857 ; 
2, Eobert C, b, August 23, 1865, "Wellsville, grocer, s.); 
4, John, b. March 14, 1847, farmer, m. Ciltha Eobbins, 
January 1, 1873, in Wellsville, s. b. Whitesville, New 
York, August 6, 1839, no chn.; 5, Eobert, b. October 
14, 1850, painter, m. Mary V. Baker, July 4, 1878, s. b. 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 24, 1851, (one ch., 1, 
Ealph M., b. Conneaut, Ohio, April 8, 1879) ; 6, Wil- 
liam, b. October 20, 1853, hatter, m. Martha Offerley, 
May 10, 1876, s. b. Warren, Pennsylvania, May 10, 
1853, (two chn., 1, May Belle, b. May 8, 1878; 2, Ahce, 
b. July 24, 1881, at Warren) ; 7, George, b. October 


20, 1853, farmer, m. Martlia Thomas, July 10, 1871, s. 
b. Scio, New York, January 6, 1854 (one cli., 1, 
Lorettie May, b. Scio, New York, May 28, 1872, m. 
Frank J. Stoneliam, farmer, July 30, 1887, (two chn., 1, 
Frank, b. June 24, 1888 ; 2, Joseph, b. August 8, 
1891) ; 8, Mary Elizabeth, b. July 13, 1856, m. Thomas 
J. Anderson, May 12, 1875, he baker, b. Newburgh, 
July 25, 1848, (two chn., 1, Albert Edward, b. June 14, 
1879, Coudersport, Pennsylvania, d. August 29, 1879 ; 
2, Charles Evertts, b. March 4, 1882, Salamanca, New 
York) — 2, Jekusha, d. infant, 1825 — 3, Kobeet, b. 
1826, farmer, m. in Sandusky, Ohio, w. d. there 1865, 
he served in Civil War, one ch,, Estella, b. Sandusky, 
May 3, 1856—4, Eben Davis, b. 1829, m. in Iowa, 
served in the war, merchant, no chn. 

See suggestion, p. 76. 



Gen. I., Stephen Fosdick, progenitor, 1583-1664. 
Gen. II., John Fosdick, seventh ch. of Stephen, 1626-1716. 
Gen. III., Samuel Fosdick first, fourth ch. of John, 1655-1700. 
Gen. IV., Samuel Fosdick second, second ch. of Samuel first, 

1684— after 1767. 
Gen. v., Samuel Fosdick third, third ch. of Samuel second, 

Gen. VI., Anna Fosdick, sixth ch. of Samuel third. 

ANNA FOSDICK, the sixth child of Samuel 
Fosdick third, was born in 1764, at Oyster Bay ; mar- 
ried John Valentine, of Flushing, in Queens County, 
and lived at Little Neck in that Town ; was a Quak- 
eress. She was the only one of the children who did 
not leave Long Island, and for that reason probably 
did not have much intercourse with her brothers and 
and sisters. Her niece, AngeUne, daughter of Solo- 
mon, however recollected going with her little cousin 
Fanny, daughter of Morris, with their parents, when 
they lived at Eockaway, to visit her aunt Anna Valen- 
tine, at Little Neck. It was on Sunday, and they met 
her on her way to meeting. Her aunt gave her a 
token on the occasion which is still preserved by her 
daughter as a memento. 

For some time before her death she resided vnth. 
her youngest daughter in Flushing Village. She died 
there on September 16, 1827. 

Her children were: 1, MARY; 2, JAMES; 3, 


1. MARY VALENTINE, b. June 2, 1783 ; m. John 
Pugsley ; lived at West Farms, New York ; d. 1860 ; 
nine clin. — 1, Martha Ann, b. October 1, 1805, m. 
Lounsbury, lived West Farms, d. June, 1885, eight 
chn.; 1, John, d.; 2, Isaac; 3, Charles, d.; 4, Martha 
A.; 5, Moses R.; 6, Andrew J.; 7, Paul ; and 8, Virginia 
—2, Elmira, b. April 26, 1808, d.— 3, Harriet, b. 
February 14, 1810, d. — 4, James Edward, b. June 23, 
1811, m., three chn., names unknown — 5, Elizabeth, 
b. January 29, 1813, m. Moses C. Rogers, June 12, 
1831, d. before 1885, ten chn.: 1, Mary E. b. April 2, 
1832 ; 2, Hester A., b. January 18, 1834 ; 3, Maria, b. 
February 7, 1836 ; 4, Sumner, b. November 9, 1837 ; 
5, Charles M., b. November 20, 1839 ; 6, Moses C, b. 
October 9, 1841, 7, Agnes, b. August 7, 1843, d. 1843 ; 
8, George, b. August 1, 1845; 9, Edward A., b. Decem- 
ber 28, 1847; and 10, Josephine, b. July 12, 1849, d. 
December 23, 1863 — 6, John Valentine, b. November 
*4, 1814, m. Harriet Downs, February 15, 1835, 1. Riv- 
erhead. New York, six chn.; 1, John, b. January 15, 
1836, d. February 20, 1845 ; 2, Mary, b. December 5, 
1837 ; 3, Annie, b. January 3, 1840 ; 4, George, b. 
March 20, 1842 ; 5, Ida, b. July 25, 1844. d. October 
1, 1845, and 6, Charles, b. February 6, 1847, d. No- 
vember 17, 1867—7, Clarissa, b. April 22, 1816 ; m. 
James Sloane, February 7, 1836 ; d. January 16, 1879 ; 
h. b. August 27, 1812, Ayrshire, Parish of Stair, Scot- 
land ; ten chn.: 1, Mary Jane, b. November 23, 1836, 
d. August 31, 1838 ; 2, George, b. February 22, 1839 ; 
3, John Lammie, b. May 13, 1841, d. November 6, 
1841 ; 4, James, Jr., b. September 5, 1842 ; 5, 
Euphemia Douglas, b. September 13, 1844 ; 6, Wil- 
liam, b. September 26, 1846, d. September 6, 1849 ; 7, 
Andrew, b. September, 10, 1848 ; 8, Theophilus, b. 
August 18, 1852 ; 9, Theodore, b. August 18, 1852, d. 


August 22, 1852, and 10, Franklyu H., b. August 17, 
1858—8, Valentine, b. February 23, 1818, d.— 9, 
Samuel, b. February 23, 1818, m. Maria Downs, 
January 1, 1837, 1. Kiverliead, New York, six elm. — 1, 
Sarah, b. April 3, 1839, d. February 1, 1874 ; 2, Mary 
A., b. June 6, 1841 ; 3, EUen, b. March 1, 1845 ; 4, 
John, b. August 7, 1847 ; 5, Eachel, b. September, 19, 
1849, and G, Gilbert, b. November 11, 1852. 

2. JAMES VALENTINE, carpenter and joiner, 
learned his trade in New York City ; left there in 1811 ; 
went to Queensbury, New York ; in 1812 went to 
Galen, Seneca County, New York, where he died June 
5, 1822. " He was of peaceable disposition, very in- 
dustrious, a good workman, and bore a good charac- 
ter ;"i was married and had three children, but the 
names of his wife and children are unknown. 

3. SAMUEL VALENTINE, m., d. August 10, 1827, 
live chn. — 1, John — 2, James — 3, Anna — 4, Clara — and 
5, Susan. 

4. SUSAN VALENTINE, m., 1, Madison ; m. 2, 
Eli Mott, a soldier, in 1812 war, d. November 18, 1853, 
one ch. — 1, Ann Eliza Madison. 

5. ELIZA VALENTINE, m. 1, Samuel Loomis, m. 

2, , m. 3, Gilmau, d. September 15, 1873, six chn. 

— l; Maria — 2, James— 3, Margaret — 4, Georgianna 
— 5, Eliza — and 6, Ellen. 

Smith, d. May 10, 1864, no ch. 

ary 1, 1801 ; m. 1, Eev. Lorenzo Stansbury, in 1826, 
and lived in Flushing in 1827, when her mother died ; 
m. 2, John Becraft, in 1871, and lived at Sloatsburgh, 

1. Queensbury Letter, 1812. 


New York, where slie died November 14, 1882, buried 
in Greenwood. She was a devout Christian and a 
zealous member of the Methodist Church, and had 
more than ordinary energy and vivacity. In 1880, she 
visited her cousin, Fanny H. Craft, at Eockaway, 
whom she had not seen for a great many years. The 
meeting between them was regarded by both as the 
last, and was deeply interesting to both, and touching 
to those who were present. She had six chn. — 1, 
John H. Stansbury (Kev.), b. October 16, 1827 ; m. 
Mary Jane Barber ; is a clergyman of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church, now at Bay Shore, Long Island ; 
four chn.; 1, John Henry Jr.; 2, Joseph Lorenzo, m. 
Emielie Fisher, Brooklyn ; 3, Eobert Pettit, b. 1860, 
and 4, Cecelia, m. George M. Burr, of Camac, Long 
Island — 2, Charles Theodore Stansbury, b. October 
31, 1829 ; m. 1, Sarah Barber, s. d. July 28, 1882, in 
Brooklyn, buried Hempstead, Long Island ; m. 2, 
Mrs. Alma La Kosa; four chn.; 1, Edmond G., carpen- 
ter, Jamaica, Long Island ; 2, James, m. Mary Strick- 
land, of Lawrence, Long Island ; 3, Chauncey Smith, 
and 4, Mary Jane, m. Isaac U. Hyatt, Jamaica — 3, 
Eachel Ann Stansbury, b. April 14, 1833, m. William 
K. Smith, 1. Monroe, New York, three chn.; 1, Sarah 
E., m. Jeremiah T. Earl, h. d. April 18, 1891 ; (five 
chn.; 1, WilUam S., b. December 3, 1875, at Port 
Jervis; 2, Theodore C, b. September 22, 1877, at Port 
Jervis ; 3, Frank G., b. April 1, 1879, at Goshen ; 4, 
Floyd, b. November 10, 1883, and 5, Ethel, b. March 
16, 1891) ; 2, Fannie C, m. Theodore Weygant, Jr., of 
Highland MiUs, May 9, 1883, (three chn.; 1, WiUard 
B., b. October 4, 1884 ; 2, Ealph, b. July 13, 1888, 
and 3, Eoxana, b. July 30, 1891); 3, Flora M.— 4, 
Cornelia Amanda Stansbury, b. August 6, 1836, m. 
Benjamin Sanford Bedell, Brooklyn, two chn.; 1, 


Francis Warren, and 2, Mary Emma — 5, James Y. 

Stansbuky, b. October 18, 1840, m. Eliza , s. b. 

February 19, 1839, h. d. May 10, 1888, at North Attle- 
boro, Massachusetts, bur. there, widow 1. there, four 
chn.; 1, Julia E., b. November 4, 1861; 2, Sandford L., 
b. March 31, 1877 ; 3, Carrie L., b. September 21, 
1879, and 4, Gracie F., b. April 8, 1882, d. April 17, 
1885—6, Makia L. Stansbuky, b. July 8, 1844, m. 
Jacob Provost Cooke, Brooklyn, four chn.: 1, Carrie 
Louisa, b. May 18, 1866 ; 2, George Lansing, b. Octo- 
ber 4, 1867 ; 3, Freddie Stansbury, d., and 4, Jennie 
Parker, d. 

See suggestion, p. VG. 



Gen. I., Stephen Fosdick, progenitor, 1583-1664, 
Gen. II., John Fosdick, seventh ch. of Stephen, 1626-1716. 
Gen. III., Samuel tosdiek first, fourth ch. of John, 1655-1700. 
Gen. IV., Samuel Fosdick second, second ch. of Samuel first. 

1684— after 1767. 
Gen. v., Samuel Fosdick third, third ch. of Samuel second, 

Gen. VI., Prudence Fosdick, seventh ch. of Samuel third. 

PRUDENCE FOSDICK, seventh child of Samuel 
Fosdick third, was born February 22, 17G6, at Oyster 
Bay ; married Josejyh Laiorence, son of Ezekiel and 
Zepliry Lawrence, Jul}^ 13, 1786 ; lived at Glenyille, 
in Saratoga County, New York, four miles nortli of 
Sclienectady ; died there October 30, 1854 ; her hus- 
band was born June 3, 1765, and died July 16, 1857 ; 
both buried at Clifton Park. 

Her children were: 1, JACOB; 2, ANNA; 3, 
and 7, SILAS. 

1. JACOB LAWEENCE, b. July 27, 1787, d. 1797. 

2. ANNA LAWEENCE, b. November 20, 1789 ; m. 
her second cousin, Cornelius Lawrence, March 9, 
1806 ; h. b. March 2, 1783, d. January 26, 1859 ; s. d. 
September 2, 1871 ; -twelve chn. — 1, Morris, b. Janu- 
ary 16, 1807, m., 1. at Windham Center, Pennsylvania, 
where he manages a farm A\ith his grandson, Joseph, 
one ch.; 1, George S., b. October 5, 1833, m., d. May 
21, 1882, (six chn.; 1, Alicia M., b. February 5, 1858, 


m., [one cli., 1, Editli, b. October 8, 1880] ; 2, Samuei 
M., b. December 28, 1859, m. February 19, 1891 ; 

3, Josepli W., b. October 26, 1861, m. October 26, 
1887, [one ch., George S., b, November 1, 1890] ; 4, 
Nellie, b. October 6, 1863, m. July 4, 1883, [one cb., 
dau.] ; 5, Jennie V., b. April 25, 1866, m. March 24, 
1887, [one cli., dau,, b. January 10, 1889] ; 6, Maggie,, 
b. July 23, 1869, s.)— 2, Ezekiel, b. May 21, 1808, m.^ 
d, from wounds received wbile in the service ; seven 
cbn,: 1, Ira ; 2, Mary, of Waverly, '^ew York ; 
George, d. from wounds received in the service ; 4, 
Margaret, m. Lyons, of Barton, New York ; 5, Jolin ; 
6, Ezra, of Waverly ; and 7, William, of Waverly — 3, 
Betsey, b. March 19, 1810, m. Wright, d., one ch.; 1, 
Ward, d. June 19, 1875 — 4, Eichaed, b. January 18, 
1812, m., d. March 17, 1890, four chn.: 1, William, d.; 
2, F. Allen, of Waterford, New York ; -3, Lorenzo, of 
Nichols, New York, m., (three chn.; 1, Bertie, b. 1881; 
2, Jay, b. 1887; 3, Esther, b. 1889); and 4, Harriet, 
d. — -5, Wright, b. December 3, 1815, m.; 1. Hornells- 
ville^ New York, nine chn.: 1, George A., of Hornells- 
ville, New York ; 2, Sarah E., m. Clark, of Clinton, 
Iowa ; 3, John, conductor on Union Pacific Railroad ; 

4, Lyman ; 5, Alicia, d.; 6, Albert H., of Hornellsville, 
New York ; 7, Edward, of Hornellsville, New York ; 
8, Eugene, of Hornellsville, New York ; and 9, Estella, 
of Hornellsville, New York — 6, Jacob, b. November 18, 
1817, m.; d. while a soldier in the service, five chn.: 1, 
William, d.; 2, Charles R., of Athens, Pennsylvania ; 3, 
Elizabeth, m. Mead, of Waverly, NeAv York ; 4, Matilda, 
m., of Waverly, New York, and 5, James, of Waverly, 
New York— 7, Mary Ann, b. January 3, 1820, m. Ed- 
wards, d. January, 1887, one ch.; 1, James, of North 
Barton, New York — 8, Prudence, b. February 9, 1822, 
m. Kuykendall, d. October 1888, four chn.: 1, Cornelius, 


of Smitliboro, New York ; 2, Ezra ; 3, Louisa, of Flem- 
ingville, New York, and 4, Charles, cl. — 9, Hannah, b, 
April 13, 1824, m. Claget, cL, four clin.: 1, Charles F., 
of Lawrenceville, Pennsjlyaiiia ; 2, Frauk, d.; 3, An- 
netta, in. Stage, of Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania ; and 
4, Marietta, d, — 10, Fanna, b. June 28, 1826, m, Fassett, 

1. Berkley, Pennsylvania, eleven chn.: 1, Prudence, 
m. Smith, Berkle}', Pennsylvania ; 2, Nora, m. Lindley, 
Leroy, Pennsylvania ; 3, John ; 4, Catharine, m. 
Lameron ; 5, Arilla, m. Tui-nbull ; 6, Emery ; 7, Wil- 
lard ; 8, Charlotte ; 9, Daniel ; 10, George, and 11, 
Edward, all of Berkley, Pennsjdvania — 11, Diana, b. 
February 15, 1829, m, Vandermark, d., three chn.: 1, 
Susan M., m, Babcock, Hooper's Valley, New Y'ork ; 

2, AKce, m. Dunham, d.; and 3, Frank — 12, Eachel, b. 
June 13, 1831, m. Dewell, of Mitchell Centre, Pennsyl- 
vania, five chn.; 1, Leonard ; 2, Charles ; 3, James ; 
4, Frank; and 5, Frederick. 

3. EICHARD LAWRENCE, b, January 14, 1792, 
m. Sarah Davis, d. October 13, 1868, seven chn. — 1, 
Charles D., of Wisconsin — 2, Harriet, m. Abram 
Swart, Michigan — 3, Prudence, m. John Walton, 
Glenville, New York — 4, Richard, Jr., m. Hannah 
Marcellus, both d., (one ch.; 1, Annie M.. m. Rev. 
Hawley) — 5, James H., m. — 6, Maria, m. William 
Walton, Charlton, New Y'ork — 7, Joseph, d. 

4. RACHEL LAWRENCE, b. June 13, 1794, m. 
James Miller, d. December 20, 1845, six chn. — 1, 
Renssalaer, of Broadalbin, New^ York — 2, Henrietta, 
m. Jesse Millard, both d., one ch.; 1, Andrew J., of 
Sioux City, Iowa — 3, James Madison, of Ballston Spa, 
New York — 4, Joseph, of Paw Paw% Illinois — 5, John, 
m. Mary Fryer, d., one ch.; 1, George H, — and 6, Har- 
riet J., m. Lewis Whitlock, New York City. 


5. PETER LAWEENCE, b. March 7, 1797; m. 
Margaret Robins, December 26, 1817 ; s. b. September 
22, 1794, d. October 28, 1855 ; li. d. June 4, 1886, at 
Eaton Rapids, Michigan, five chn. — 1 Hannah, b. May 
26, 1820, m. Silas Wood, two chn.; 1, Peter, and 2, 
Margaret — 2, Harriet, b. August 23, 1821, m. Abram 
Ripley, two chn.; 1, Sylvester K., and 2, Alvira — 3, 
Jane, b. May 4, 1823, m. George W. Sheldon, no chn. 
— 4, Silas, b. March 19, 1825, m. Lucinda Hull, two 
chn.; 1, Egbert C, m., and 2, Ellen E., m. — 5, Mary 
Adaline, b. April 24, 1827, d. February 26, 1845. 

6. MARY LAWRENCE, b. September 19, 1799, m. 
Daniel Millard, July 20, 1824, d. April 20, 1883, three 
chn. — 1, Ruth, b. at East Glenville, February 28, 
1825 ; m. Harmon T, Van Buren, August 3, 1854 ; d. 
at Burnt Hills, January 6, 1881 ; h. d. March 8, 1883 ; 
three chn.: 1, Millard, b. at Burnt Hills, June 28, 
1855 ; 2, Harriet J., b. at Burnt Hills, March 3, 1857, 
m. Charles C. Van Vorst, November 13, 1878, at Burnt 
Hills, (four chn.; 1, Edna G., b. January 6, 1880; 2, 
Emma J., b. April 10, 1882 ; 3, Jessie A., b. June 21, 
1884, d. September 8, 1890 ; and 4, Sarah, b. August 
15, 1886, d. August 27, 1890), and 3, Josephine, b. 
October 10, 1859, at Burnt HiUs— 2, Joseph L., b. 
May 24, 1827, at East GlenviUe, New York, d. Novem- 
ber 18, 1875, at North Hadley, Massachusetts — 3, 
Mary A., b. August, 1839, at East Glenville, d. there 
May 24, 1851. 

7. SILAS LAWRENCE, b. May 21, 1806; m. Eliza 
Brumaghim, d. November 24, 1862 ; s. d. January 24, 
1872; no chn.; will proved February 16, 1863. His fa. 
and mo. lived with him when they died. 

See suggestion, p. 76. 




Gen. I., Stephen Fosdick, progenitor, 1583-1664. 
Gen. II., John Fosdick, seventh ch. of Stephen, 1626-1716. 
Gen. III., Samuel Fosdick first, fourth ch. of John, 1655-1700. 
Gen. IV., Samuel Fosdick second, second ch. of Samuel first, 

1684— after 1767. 
Gen. v., Samuel Fosdick third, third ch. of Samuel second, 

Gen. VI., Eebecca Fosdick, eighth ch of Samuel third. 

REBECCA EOSDICK, the eighth child of Samuel 
Fosdick third, of Oyster Bay, was born in 1768, at 
that place. She married Richard Tlines, and they 
lived in New York City, and both died there on the 
same day, but in what year is not known. She was an 
affectionate sister, and a favorite with her brother 
Solomon, who considered that he owed his life to her 
care on one occasion before his marriage when he was 
dangerously ill with fever without hope of recovery, 
and left very much to himself. His sister, hearing of 
it, left her place of employment to nurse him. On 
seeing his condition she wept bitterly, and devotedly 
cared for him, with the result of his recovery, although 
the attending physician had pronounced it hopeless. 
After her marriage, while she was living in New Tork, 
her brother Morris, it is believed, visited her occasion- 
ally, generall}^ bringing presents from her to his own 
and Solomon's girls on his return. 

She left three young children : 1, EICHAKD ; 2, 


1. EICHAED HINES was sent to friends on Long- 
Island ; went to sea ; once lived with his uncle Solo- 
mon, at Randolph, New York ; is supposed to have 
died at Panama, New York. 

Of 2, CATHAEINE, and 3, ANNA, nothing is 

See suggestion, p. 76. 



Gen. I., Stephen Fosdick, progenitor, 1583-1664. 
Gen. II., John Fosdick, seventh eh. of Stephen, 1626-1716. 
Gen. III., Samuel Fosdick first, fourth ch. of John, 1655-1700. 
Gen. IV., Samuel Fosdick second, second ch. of Samuel first, 

1684— after 1767. 
Gen. v., Samuel Fosdick third, third ch. of Samuel second, 

Gen. VI., Morris Fosdick, ninth ch. of Samuel third. 

MORRIS FOSDICK, the nintli child of Samuel 
Fosdick third, of Oyster Bay, was born at that place 
on November 21, 1770. 

When ten years of age, in carrying an ax for trim- 
ming apple trees, having it upon his arm with the 
handle below, he fell, with the edge upon his wrist 
and his body upon the head, and severed his left hand 
at the wrist. He was attended by surgeons from the 
army, who, to guard against surprise, or for some 
other reason, were in the habit of placing their swords 
upon the bed where he lay, while they dressed the 
wrist. As incidents of theii' visits, it is said that they 
were highly displeased on one occasion when a gun 
was fired near the house, causing the patient to start 
suddenly while they were engaged vdth him ; and that, 
whenever they came, the patient's little sister Debbie, 
and brother Solomon would run away and hide them- 
selves through fear. This loss of his hand has been 
alluded to by several distant correspondents in the 
course of this inquiry, serving in some instances to 


confirm identity and relationship. Owing to this mis- 
fortune, special pains were taken with his education. 

He was sixteen years old when the removal to 
Dutchess County took place. At the age of eighteen 
he commenced teaching, his first school being at 
Hamburgh, on the Hudson, where he remained six 
months. He then returned to his native place, Oyster 
Bay, and taught there until 1792, when he went to 
Bockaway and taught there, near a place now called 
Hewletts. He remained at Eockaway sixteen years ; 
was married while living there. His brother Solomon 
also lived there at this time, and the two families were 
very intimate. In the spring of 1808, he traveled to 
Buffalo to see the country, mth the view of settling in 
Western New York. He made the journey on foot, 
notwithstanding which his traveling companion, so to 
speak, was a gentleman on horseback, for although 
they separated during the day, they generally reached 
the same lodging places at night. On his return to 
EiOckaway, his report of the Western region was so fa- 
vorable that both he and his brother Solomon con- 
cluded to remove there with their families ; but he 
was induced to engage as teacher at Springfield, and 
Solomon went without him. He removed from Rock- 
away to Springfield, September 16, 1808, and con- 
tinued to teach there in the same district until his 
death, a period of twenty-five years. He was suc- 
ceeded by his son Morris, who taught in the same dis- 
trict for seventeen years afterward. While he taught 
at Springfield, his residence was in the houses which 
he occupied successively as tenant, until May, 1819, 
when he moved into the new house he had erected for 
himself on the north side of the main Rockaway road 
(now Merrick road) and which he occupied until his 


His acquaintance and business relations were ex- 
tensive, reaching over a large territory, and often call- 
ing liim to considerable distances from home. While 
yet at the height of his usefulness, on one occasion he 
encountered a violent, cold and driving snow storm, 
against which he was finally unable to contend, losing 
his way and becoming exhausted by his efforts. Al- 
though rescued -vsdthin a few hours and conveyed to 
his home, the effects of the cold and shock of the ex- 
posure proved fatal, and he survived only ten days. 
He died on March 8, 1833, and was buried in Spring- 
field Cemetery ; his widow receiving expressions of 
sympath}^ from the whole community, throughout 
which both were held in esteem and respect. 

He was tall, portly, strong, with black eyes and hair, 
genial in his manner, talented and witty, and rigidly 
honest in all his dealings ; and is said by those who 
were under his tuition, to have been a good disciplin- 
arian, of good attainments, and successful as a teacher. 
He was also a surveyor and conveyancer, and an ex- 
cellent penman withal. Many of his legal papers, and 
some of his maps (which it may be noticed are among 
the most useful and important local maps of theii- 
time) still exist, and are remarkable for clearness, ac- 
curacy, and neatness of execution. His dexterity, not- 
withstanding the absence of his left hand, has often 
been remarked upon, enabling him, among other 
things, to cut and shape quill pens (then exclusively 
used) with complete facility and skill, and to use his 
surveying instruments with readiness and rapidity. 

He held some few local positions and offices ; was 
appointed, in 1808, one of a committee of three to 
transcribe the Town records of Hempstead that were 
then in North Hempstead;^ in 1810 was elected an 

1. Annals Hempstead, p. 8;3. 


Overseer of Highways (just one hundred and seventj 
years alter Stephen Fosdick held the same office in 
Charlestown) ^ ; and was one of the first Justices of the 
Peace elected after the passage of the law in 1827^ 
providing for the election of these officers by the peo- 
ple. ^ He was influential in politics, a minor incident 
of which was his success in defeating certain candi- 
dates for re-election as school inspectors, with whom 
he had had a difference upon school matters the year 

He was a member of the Masonic fraternity. The 
date of his admission and his rank are not positively 
known, because of the records of his Lodge having 
been burned in 1837, but his regalia is said to have 
been splendid in material and ornamentation, indica- 
ting some prominent position in the Order. 

His wife was Jane Doughty, a Quakeress. They 
were married at Eockaway, August 30, 1794, by Rev. 
George Faitoute, Pastor of the Presbyterian Churchy 
Jamaica. She was born May 10, 1765, and died at 
Springfield, April 27, 1837. She was daughter and 
third child of Jacob and Abigail Doughty, of Eock- 
away, and was no doubt a descendant of Elias 
Doughty, son of Eev. Francis Doughty, who came 
from Taunton to Long Island, in 1644, and of whom 
Thompson says : " It is believed that all families of 
that name in this part of the State are the descendants 
of this gentleman."* The Doughty family were 
Quakers, and she was of the practical and serene tem- 
perament characteristic of her sect. She was an in- 
valuable helpmeet to her husband, and devoted, intel- 
ligent, discreet, and capable in governing her family, 

1. Vide p. 24, supra, 
3. Queens Co. Rec. 

3, lb. 

4. Thompson's L. I., II. 70. 


vipon wliom her example and excellent qualities made 
impressions to last through life. 

Their children were nine in number, namely : 1, 
and 9, MOEEIS. 

1. JOHN DOUGHTY FOSDICK, born at Eock^ 
away, August 5, 1795 ; shoemaker ; learned his trade 
nt Jamaica, then went to New York City, where he 
married Catharine Brehoort, in 1817, and after about 
three years removed to Brushville (now Queens) Long- 
Island, hved there four years, returned to New York ; 
was member of the Old Police, and served on the 
force until 1843, when he was stricken with paralysis 
which left him speechless and helpless until his death ; 
died July 10, 1844, at New York ; buried at WiUiams- 
burgh ; his widow married a Mills for her second hus- 
band, and died in summer of 1848 ; eight children — 1, 
John D. Jr., b. August 2, 1818, carpenter, m. Mary 
Jane Foster, March 19, 1843, d. in Brooklyn, July 16, 
1889, thirteen chn.: 1, Catharine Ann, b. January 14, 
1844, m. George Sharkey, lives New York ; 2, Fred- 
erick M., b. October 30, 1845, lives New York; 3, 
Eliza Ann ; 4, Martha J.; 5, Letitia A.; 6, Udara J.; 
7, John F.; 8, Juliet; 9, Moses; 10, Mary J.; 11, John; 
12, Charles A. ; and 13, an infant ; aU dead — 2, 
William, b. 1820, enlisted in United States Navy, and 
after an active and adventurous Hfe, lost at sea, never 
m. — 3, Nicholas, b. 1822, seaman, m. twice, lives Salt 
Lake City— 4, Samuel E., b. 1825, m., w. d. 1877, he 
d., five chn.: 1, Sarah F.; 2, Mary E.; 3, Glorianna ; 
4, Alice ; 5, Hannah M.; aU live New York — 5, Gor- 
don, b. 1827, d. 1851, s.— 6, Catharine A., b. 1830, m., 


d. 1876, tliirteen chn. : 1, Nicliolas ; 2, Charles ; 3„ 
Jolm ; 4, Sarah ; and nine others, names unknown, all 
d. — 7, Charles, b. 1832, m., no chn,, lives New York 
—8, Sarah, b, 1834, m. three times, lived at Bridge- 
port, Connecticut, in I860. 

2. CHAELES FOSDICK, born at Eockawaj, Sep- 
tember 30, 1797 ; was a carpenter ;, lived in Jamaica ; 
was a master of his calHng, and through a long and 
active life, bore the respect and esteem of all : married 
Margaret Golder, of an old family in the locality, 
February 17, 1820 ; she bom April 20, 1798, d. Octo- 
ber 11, 1864 ; he died August 8, 1862 ; both buried 
Springfield; eight chn. — 1, Samuel Eichard, d. in- 
fant — 2, Isaac G., b. April 15, 1823, never m., lame 
from injuries received in boyhood, taught school in 
Jamaica and Springfield many years, then School 
Commissioner for Second District, Queens County, 
several terms, d, April 14, 1891—3, Morris C, b. July 
20, 1826, m. 1, Margaret Ann Sutton, 1848, s. d. De- 
cember 21, 1851, m. 2, Phebe MorreU, December 1, 
1853. h. d. December 1889, eight chn.: 1, Anna Au- 
gusta, m. Benjamin E. Clayton, Jamaica ; 2, Maria, 
d.; 3, Charles H. B., d. May 8, 1859 ; 4, Susan Ma- 
tilda, m.; 5, Peter, d.; 6, Frances C. ; 7, William C. H., 
m.; 8, Adrian M. — 4, Jeremiah, d. infant, November 
29, 1830—5, Phebe Jane, b. November 7, 1831, m. 
Christopher E, Abrams, February 4, 1851, live Spring- 
field, seven chn.: 1, infant, d. September 14, 1852; 2, 
Amanda, m. David Wanser ; 3, Charles ; 4, Franklin 
A., d, December 8, 1867 ; 5, Edgar B.; 6, George, d. 
December 8, 1871, aet. 12 ; 7, child, d. December 4, 
1871, aet. 2—6, Sarah Elizabeth, b. June 28, 1834, m. 
William C. Hendrickson, October 5, 1854, live Ja- 
maica, one ch.: 1, WiUiam D., b. July 25, 1855, m. 


Ida K. Murray, November 17, 1880, (one cli,; 1, Sarah) 
—7, Charity Ann, b. December 28, 1836, d. March 14, 
1867, s.— 8, Charles H., b. July 20, 1841, m. Margaret 
Sprague, November 27, 18G2, lives Kockaway, seven 
ohu.: 1, George D.; 2, Sarah, m. William Rinehart ; 
3, Charles B.; 4, Lulu ; 5, Nettie ; 6, Carrie, d. infant, 
February 21, 1866; 7, Lewis, d. infant, July 26, 1870. 

3. SEAMAN FOSDICK, born September 16, 1799, 
at Eockaway ; was a shoemaker and farmer ; lived at 
Springfield ; was Town Trustee and Justice of the 
Peace ; married 1, Aletty Nostrand, daughter of John, 
April 21, 1821 ; she died August, 1854, bur. Spring- 
field ; m. 2, Eliza Bennet, wid. of John B., February 
24, 1856 ; he died September 26, 1874, with a record 
of scrupulous integrity in business, and conscientious 
discharge of his public trusts ; wid. d. May 22, 1890 ; 
three chn., all by first wife — 1, William B., b. June 
13, 1822, m. Hannah Henderson, November 30, 1842, 
d. August 15, 1866 ; s. m. 2, Preston, 1873 ; four- chn.: 
1, H. Elizabeth, b. February 20, 1844, m. John H. 
Stoney, February 18, 1862, (four chn.; 1, WilUam ; 2, 
Henrietta, d. infant, October 26, 1866 ; 3, Sarah ; 4, 
John) ; 2, Catharine A., b. September 22, 1847, m. 
Evert V. W. Shaw, September 21, 1870, (two chn.; 1, 
Eva, and 2, Sarah) ; 3, William H., b. March 11, 1851, 
m. Emeline E. Spirling, July 9, 1873, (one ch., name 
unknown) ; and 4, Mary Emma, b. June 4, 1859, d. 
November 8, 1860 ; all live in Brooklyn — 2, Elizabeth 
N., b. February 25, 1824, m. Abraham Burtis Higbie, 
d. August 18, 1858, no chn. — 3, Stephen M., m. Susan 
Valentine ; soldier in last war ; enlisted 1862 ; wounded ; 
d. June 8, 1864 fi-om his wounds, lingering several 
months from paralysis, after being brought home from 
the army ; four chn.: 1, d. infant, July 29, 1860 ; 2, 


James Leonard, b. 1858, d. October 10, 1890, never 
m.; 3, George Seaman, b. 1860, m. Elizabeth Pottinger, 
(two clin.; 1, George Morris, b. 1887, and 2, Katie, b. 
1888); and 4, Mary Elizabeth, b. 1862, m. William 
Einley, (two chn.; 1, Susan E., b. 1882, and 2, William, 
b. 1885) ; all live Springfield. 

4. EANNY HICKS FOSDICK, born October 16, 
1801, at Eockaway ; married Gilbert D. Craft of tliat 
place, on June 15, 1826 ; both resided there till death ; 
he was one of the old family of that name noted for 
longevity, frugality and thrift ; was in early life a sea- 
man, but later a farmer ; she was exemplary in char- 
acter and disposition, a cheerful and discreet coun- 
selor, devoted to her family, full of interest for the 
welfare of those with whom she was connected, and 
under affliction, and in the suffering of her closing 
days, exhibited the patience, serenity and fortitude of 
a noble character. She died, after a lingering illness, 
August 13, 1882 ; her husband on September 12, 1890 ; 
both buried at Kockaway ; six chn. — 1, Charles, b. 
October 31, 1827, m. Mary Jane Abrams, December 7, 
1856, he and his brother Alfred were engaged in the 
coasting trade, and were both lost at sea, off Little 
Egg Harbor, in a terrific gale and snow storm, January 
23, 1871. They were on the schooner, Alfred Hall, 
bound from Virginia to New York, with oysters. She 
struck the bar in trying to make the harbor. When 
she struck, the schooner, Mary C. EUiott, which had 
also struck, was very near, and her Captain had gone 
for assistance. In the afternoon he returned with the 
lifeboat of the station, whose crew rescued the crew of 
the Elliot (whose mate makes the statement), after 
which they came back to the bar with the lifeboat, to 
aid the crew of the Hall ; but the Captain of the Hall, 


thiukiug lie could save his vessel at high water, de- 
clined their offer of assistance, thanking the lifeboat 
crew for their kindness. The gale increased, and at 
night the Hall went down with all on board. Both he 
and his brother were industrious and intelligent, and 
excellent seamen, and the sad news caused deep regret 
in the community in which they lived. His -svidow 
lives atRockaway; eight chn.: 1, Eleanor, m. Samuel 
Doughty Abrams, Jr., (two chn.; 1, Lillie, and 2, 
Samuel D.); 2, Sidney, d.; 3, Morris F., a town officer, 
m. Minerva Abrams, (two chn.; 1, Bertha, and 2, 
Fanny); 4, Adelia, m. Warren "Whaley ; 5, Fanny, d.; 
6, Willet, m. Minnie Emma Fenu, (two chn.; 1, Charles 
T., and 2, Morris B.) ; 7, Mary L., m. Franklin E. 
Smith, (one ch.; 1, Elbert F.) ; and 8, Susan J. — 2, 
Ann, b. March 31, 1830, s.— 3, Alfred, b. April 26, 
1833, lost at sea with brother Charles, January 23, 
.1871, never m.— 4, Edwin L., b. July 30, 1836, m. 
Phebe Jane Coles, October 7, 1862, eight chn.: 1, 
Sherman, m., lives Spring Lake, Cayuga Lake, New 
York ; 2, Caroline, m. Henry Knapp, of Worcester, 
Massachusetts, lives Bockaway Beach ; 3, Alfi-ed, m. 

Mary ; 4, Laura ; 5, Gilbert ; 6, Homer ; 7 and 8, 

d. — 5, Susan, b. November 20, 1838, m. Charles U. 
Combes, Captain New York Police, February 8, 1857, 
h. d. February 12, 1884, New York, one ch.: 1, Frank 
C. Combes, graduate Mount Washington Collegiate 
Institute, 1879, entered Bellevue Hospital Medical 
CoUege, 1879, graduated 1883, lives New York City, 
practising physician and lectm-er in Nose and Throat 
Department in New York Post Graduate Medical 
College, m. Marie L. Capel, dau. Emile and Maria L. 
Capel, (one ch.; 1, Edith) — 6, Caroline, b. June 28, 
1842, m. Lewis S. Brower, December 28, 1862, h. d. 


July 14, 1872, one cli.; 1, Annie Lewis, m. , Albert 
Smith., (one ch.) ; all live Eockaway. 

15, 1803, d. October 17, 1817. 

6. SOLOMON FOSDICK, born January 29, 1806, 
learned trade of tobacconist at Brushville, Long- 
Island, afterward a potter, and lived in New York 
City, m. Sarah M. Grover qf Boston, December 23, 
1840, s. d. 1851, h. d. September 25, 1856, bur. Spring- 
field, two clin. — 1, Maey Jane, b November 5, 1841, 
m. Benjamin McCuUum, lives Croton Falls, New York, 
no chn. — 2, Alexander S., b. June 11, 1844, after 
death of his father became an inmate of the household 
of his uncle Morris in Jamaica, enlisted in the late 
war, in the One Hundred and Sixty-Fifth New York 
Volunteers, Duryee's Zouaves ; was promoted to Ser- 
geant ; wounded in the attack on Port Hudson, May 
27, 1863, while acting as a General Guide ; was sent 
with other wounded soldiers to New Orleans, and 
thence to New York; arrived at Brooklyn, July 31, 
1863, on the United States Transport Matanzas ; was 
unconscious at the time of his arrival, and died on the 
vessel a few hours after. He was brave and self-sacri- 
ficing, and of a most amiable disposition and excellent 
character. His impressive obsequies were attended 
by a large concourse, who paid their tribute of respect 
not only because of his patriotic death, but also be- 
cause of his worthy and beautiful life. 

7. EICHAED FOSDICK, born June 1, 1808, d. 
October 16, 1817, Springfield. 

8. ELIZABETH B FOSDICK, born February 27, 
1 811, m. 1, WiUiam Bennett, h. b. February 4, 1800, 

d. November 20, 1853 ; m. 2, John Langdon ; she died 
at Pearsalls, Long Island, January 10, 1871 ; she was 





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a member of the Methodist Church, and lived an ex- 
emplary life; three chn.; all by first husband — 1, Mar- 
garet A., b. September 20, 1834, m. William G. Fox, 
d. May 20, 1856, no chn. — 2, George E., b. November 
19, 1835 ; m. Esther Hirst, dau. of John, June 3, 1857 ; 
enlisted in Federal Army, October, 1861 ; became 
Second Lieutenant December, 1861 ; Captain, August, 
1862 ; honorably discharged December 10, 1864 ; after 
which he held local ofl&ces in Jamaica until 1877, 
when he removed to Florida, where he died June 12, 
1891 ; widow lives in Florida ; three chn. ; 1, George 
R., b. May 27, 1858, d. June 3, 1865 ; 2, Thomas 
Franklyn, b. December 8, 1861, lives Jamaica ; 3, 
Lucy Estelle, b. March 8, 1868, m., lives Florida. — 
3, Thomas Allen, b. August 23, 1838, m. Isabelle 

, s. d. 1879, h. d. December 14, 1873, lived in 

New York, five chn.; 1, d. inft. 1865; 2, Elizabeth; 
3, Laura ; 4, George ; and 5, John, b. 1871, d. 1873. 

9. MOERIS FOSDICK, (Hon.), youngest chHd of 
Morris Fosdick and Jane Doughty, b. at Springfield 
November 7, 1814 ; lived there until Januarj^, 1850, 
when he removed to Jamaica village, where he has 
since resided ; teacher and siu'veyor by profession ; 
in May, 1833, became the successor of his father in 
the Springfield school, taught there till December, 
1849 ; appointed Commissioner of Deeds October 6, 
1838 ; elected Justice of the Peace April, 1841, for 
foui' years from January 1, 1842, re-elected in 1845, 
and again in 1849 but did not qualify ; appointed a 
Judge of Common Pleas of Queens Countj- and com- 
missioned by Governor Silas Wright, March 25, 1846 ; 
served until 1849 ; County Judge and Sun-ogate Janu- 
ary 1, 1850 to January 1, 1858, when the ofiices were 
separated ; SuiTOgate January 1, 1858 to December 


31, 1865 ; member Board of Education 1857 to 1866 ; 
Trustee of Union Hall ; Treasurer of Jamaica Savings 
Bank from its organization in 1866 to present time ; 
proficient in tlie law, but repeatedly declining admis- 
sion to tlie bar ; since his retirement from public life, 
busily engaged in the management of estates and of 
the business affairs of a large clientage, and attends 
daily at his office where his two sons and a grandson 
are also engaged. 

He was married to Catharine Jane Baylis of Spring- 
field, October 26, 1836, at that place, by Eev. Elias W. 
Crane, pastor First Presbyterian Church, Jamaica. 
She was b. November 4, 1817, is dau. of John and 
Mary Baylis, and a lineal descendant of Elias Baylis 
(the line being 1 Elias, 2 Ephraim, 3 Ephraim, 4 John, 
and 5 Catharine J.) who was chairman of the Jamaica 
committee acting in concert with the Continental Con- 
gress during the Revolutionary War, and of whom the 
following notice appears in Onderdonk's Revolutionary 
Incidents, p. 107 : 

" The day after Woodhull's capture (August 29, 
1776) Elias Baylis, chairman of the Jamaica commit- 
tee, was walking over to Nathaniel Smith's, at the one 
mile Mill, to hear the news, when he was arrested by 
a neighbor, who wished to do something to ingratiate 
himself with the British. When the venerable man^ 
blind as he was, was brought before the British officer 
at Jamaica, he exclaimed in surprise, 'Why do you 
bring this man here? He's blind; he can do no 
harm.' The unfeeling wretch who had informed 
against him, replied : ' He's blind, but he can talk.' 
Baylis did not attempt to conciliate the officer, but 
unfortunately dropped a few words in vindication of 
the American cause. This was enough. He was shut 
up in the Presbyterian Church that night, and next 


da}' carried to the prison at New Utrecht. He was 
subsequently removed to the Provost in New York. 
Daniel Duryee (afterwards Assemblyman), Wm. Fur- 
man, Wm. Creed, and two others, were put in one pew 
in New Utrecht church. Baylis wanted them to get 
the Bible out of the pulpit and read to him. They 
feared to do it, but led the blind man to the pulpit 
steps. As he returned with it, a British guard met 
him, beat him violently, and took away the book. 
They were three weeks at New Utrecht, and then 
marched down to the prison ship. 

"Elias Baylis was an elder of the Presbyterian 
Church, and stood high in the community for upright- 
ness and ability. He had a sweet voice, and could sing 
whole psalms and hymns from memory; it will not be sur- 
prising then to find him beguiling his dreary imprison- 
ment in singing, among others, the 142d Psalm. * * * 

" The aged man was visited in prison by his wife and 
daughter. After a confinement of about two months, 
at the intercession of his friends, he was released, 
barely in time to breathe his last without a prison's 
walls. He died in crossing the ferry with his daugh- 

In connection with him it may be noted that in the 
same Church in which he was an elder, one of his des- 
cendants is an elder, another a deacon, and another a 
trustee, at the present time, two of them being in- 
cluded in this record. 

Judge Fosdick and his wife are also members of the 
same Church, the Presbyterian in Jamaica Village, 
and live in that Village, where their surviving childi-en 
and descendants also reside; six chn. — 1, Lewis L., b. 
July 21, 1837, at Springfield ; prepared for College at 
Union Hall Academy, Jamaica, under John N. Brinck- 
erhoff, A. M., Principal ; graduate New York City 


University, 1858 ; studied law in office of Judge Arm- 
strong, in Jamaica ; admitted to bar, 1860 ; partner 
with Judge Armstrong (firm Armstrong & Fosdick) 
from 1861, till death of Judge Armstrong, in 1886 ; 
admitted United States Courts 1887 ; Trustee Village, 
1871 to 1873 ; member Board of Education, 1875 to 
1884 ; Trustee Union Hall ; Secretary Jamaica Sav- 
ings Bank, since 1874 ; m. 1, Julia Emma Bennet, 
August 29, 1861, by Eev. P. D. Oakey, Pastor Presby- 
terian Church Jamaica. (Her fa., William, was son of 
Cornelius, who m. Anne Betts, and was descendant of 
Cornelius, who settled from Holland, at Gowanus, 
Brooklyn, in 1654, Her gr. mo. Anne Betts was dau. 
of William Betts who was officer in Eevolution, and 
prisoner two years in old Dutch Church, New York, 
and whose wife Anne Warner, was dau. of William, 
son, o| John Warner, an Episcopalian, who settled 
from England, on the Hudson River, where Forrest 
Castle now, is, and built a house where the CathoUc in- 
stitution now stands. Her' mother, Elizabeth Rogers, 
was a descendant of Richard Piatt, of Huntington, the 
line being : 1, Richard ; 2, Isaac ; 3, Jonas ; 4, Isaac ; 

5, Obadiah ; 6, Sarah, m. Jesse Rogers ; and 7, Eliza- 
beth Rogers, m. William Bennet). She died April 27, 
1873, in Jamaica, bur. Springfield. He m. 2, Mary 
Eloise Terry, June 20, 1878, at her gr. fa's, Riverhead, 
by Rev. W. J. Chalmers, Pastor Congregational 
Church, Riverhead. (Her fa., Oliver A. Terry, was 
descendanl^ of the Terrys, original settlers in South- 
old, Long Island, and her mo., Charlotte Fleet Conk- 
lin, was descendant of Richard Piatt, of Huntington 
above mentioned, the line being : 5, Obadiah Piatt ; 

6, Esther, m. Stephen Fleet ; 7, Mary Esther Fleet, m. 
Silas Titus Conklin; 8, Charlotte Fleet Conklin, m. 
Oliver A. Terry). Three chn., all by first wife: 1, 


Morris M., b. November 25, 1862, Jamaica, a., searcher, 
conveyancer, bank clerk and bookkeeper. Trustee 
Presbyterian Church; 2, Elbei-t E., b. January 16, 
1865, d. September 26, 1865 ; 3, Ella Louisa, b. Sep- 
tember 18, 1867, m. William H. Mills, son of Charles 
and Sarah, of the Mills family, of Suffolk County, 
June 12, 1889, at Jamaica, by Eev. Lewis Lampman, 
Pastor High Street Presbyterian Church, Newark, 
former Pastor First Presbyterian Church Jamaica, no 
chn. — 2, Fanny Craft, b. November 24, 1843, at 
Springfield ; m. George Lyman Peck, September 18, 
1864, at Jamaica, by Eev. P. D. Oakey, Pastor Fu'st 
Presbyterian Church ; he son of William A. and Lu- 
cretia Peck, and descendant of Governor Leete, of 
Connecticut, (the line being ; 1, Governor WiUiam 
Leete ; 2, Hon. Andrew Leete ; 3, William ; 4, Solo- 
mon ; 5, Pharez ; 6, George ; 7, Lucretia, m. William 
A. Peck, and 8, George Lyman), he druggist, ex-Trus- 
tee Village, Trustee Presbyterian Church, Trustee Ja- 
maica Savings Bank ; she died December 15, 1875, 
Jamaica; bur. Springfield; five chn.: 1, Catharine 
Lucretia, b. June 30, 1865, d. May 7, 1874 ; 2, Sher- 
man Fosdick, b. August 9, 1867, d. July 11, 1873 ; 3. 
George Leete, b. August 3. 1870, now student in Yale 
College ; 4, Fanny C, b. October 18, 1872, graduate 
Miss Cady's Seminary, New Haven, June, 1891 ; and 
5, William Morris, b. December 9, 1875, d. July 22, 
1876—3, Mary Jane, b. September 21, 1850, d. August 
31, 1851 — 4, Caroline Baylis, b. February 19, 1853, 
m. Frank W. Gale, son of Hon. Moses D. and Adelia. 
of New York, January 8, 1885, by Eev. Lewis Lamp- 
mau, Pastor Presbyterian Church, Jamaica, no chn. — 
5, John Baylis, b. November 11, 1855, m. Leonora G. 
Eemsen, dau. Isaac B. and Jane, of old families in the 
locality, November 22, 1877, by Eev. J. Y. Saunders. 


Pastor Methodist Episcopal Churcli, Jamaica. Their 
marriage was the first in the present Methodist Episco- 
pal Church, of Jamaica, which had just been dedi- 
cated ; surveyor, searcher, conveyancer. Trustee of 
Village and of Town ; four chn.: 1, Carrie Estelle, 
b. January 18, 1880; 2, John Sheldon, b. May 8, 1881 ; 
3, Lewis E, b. July 29, 1884 ; and 4, Leonora E., 
b. October 27, 1890—6, Morris Le Gross, b. March 5, 
1861, d. October 31, 1861. 

See Suggestion, p. 76. 


Gen. I., Stephen Fosdick, progenitor, 1583-1664. 
Gen. II., John Fosdick, seventh ch. of Stephen 1626-1716. 
Gen. III., Samuel Fosdick first, fourth ch. of John, 1655-1700. 
Gen. IV., Samuel Fosdick second, second ch. of Samuel first, 

1684^after 1767. 
Gen. v., Samuel Fosdick third, third ch. of Samuel second, 

- 1710-1792. 
Gen. VI., Thomas Fosdick, tenth ch. of Samuel third. 

THOMAS FOSDICK, the tenth child of Samuel 
Fosdick, Jr., of Oyster Bay, was bom in 1772, and was 
therefore about foui-teen when he went with his father 
to Dutchess County. He probably remained there 
only a short time. He married, had one child, and 
died young. His wife's name is not known. His 
death occurred at his brother Nathaniel's, whose wife 
gave this account of it. On the occasion of some pub- 
lic meeting or celebration where a company of young 
men was assembled and tests of strength were being 
had, he attempted to raise a large anchor which not 
many could lift from the ground. He raised it to his 
knees, but as he did so was seized with hemon-hage. 
He was taken to his brother Nathaniel's and it was 
checked for a time, but in the night it was renewed, 
and he died soon after, about twelve hours after he 
was taken. This was before 1798. His wife died 

His child was named HANNAH. She was brought 
up in the family- of a Quaker, named Foster, married 
William Harper, and lived in Ulster County about 
twenty-five years ago. Nothing further known. 


Gen. I., Stephen Fosdick, progenitor, 1583-1664. 
Gen. II., John Fosdick, seventh ch. of Stephen, 1626-1716. 
Gen. III., Samuel Fosdick first, fourth ch. of John, 1655-1700. 
Gen. IV., Samuel Fosdick second, second ch. of Samuel first, 

168-i— after 1767. 
Gen. v., Samuel Fosdick third, third ch. of Samuel second. 

Gen. VI., Solomon Fosdick twelfth ch. of Samuel third. 

SOLOMON FOSDICK, the twelfth and youngest 
child of Samuel Fosdick third, was bom April 8, 1776, 
at Oyster Bay ; christened there by an Episcopal 
minister ; hved there until after his mother's death, 
which occurred when he was ten years of age ; accom- 
panied his father when he removed to Dutchess 
County ; learned the trade of a carpenter and joiner ; 
was probably near and may have lived with his brother 
Samuel in New Baltimore when he married. 

He married Anna Thorne April 8, 1798, at New 
Baltimore on Coeymans Patent, at the house of Abra- 
ham Potts. She was born at Noi-th Castle, Westches- 
ter County, March 2, 1777. She was granddaughter 
of Stevenson Thome and Prudence Merritt, his wife, 
of Westchester Co. Her parents removed fi'om there 
to Coeymans Patent in 1789. Her father died when 
she was sixteen. The family of her father and that 
of Samuel Fosdick of New Baltimore were intimate. 
She may have been related to Samuel's wife, who bore 
the same family name. Her family are understood to 
have been Quakers. 


Soon after Ms marriage lie lived at Newburgli, 
removed to Rockaway in 1803, remained there until 
the spring of 1808, when he went to Amsterdam, New 
York, after three years removed to Rensselaerville, in 
the fall of 1819 removed to Boston, Erie County, New 
York, where he remained the rest of his life. 

He was very proud of his mother, with whom he 
was a pet and companion, his sister Debbie being his 
associate. He took pleasure, in his family, in talking 
over recollections of his childhood life in Oyster Bay 
and of his brothers and sisters. Owing to his own 
early orphanage he was always very sympathetic and 
kind toward orphan children. He availed himself of 
the opportunities afforded him by his various changes 
of residence of learning of the members of his father's 
family, and his interest in them was happily supple- 
mented by the interest taken in such matters by his 
children, the daughter of one of whom says : " Grand- 
mother and her older girls had a way of keeping some 
little thing and using it as a memento to illustrate 
stories of eastern relations. In winter nights, in their 
log cabin, my parents were often talking of eastern 
friends and relations." There are yet preserved among 
some of his descendants many of the gifts to his wife 
and daughters from his brothers and others. One 
instance is : About eighty-five years ago Morris gave 
to his sister-in-law, Solomon's wife, a beautiful neck- 
lace of beads which she wore until her death, more 
than fifty years ; they were then divided among her 
older daughters, one of whom wore her portion of 
them until her death, when her daughter came into 
possession of them, and, in 1880, gave some of them 
to the writer, a grandson of the original donor of the 
gift seventy-five years before. 


He was young when his father took him to Dutchess 
County, had been tenderly reared, left there young, 
made his way in life himself, encountered the hard- 
ships and privations incident to self-support in a 
comparatively new country, and having been at one 
time a sailor, and at another a farmer, and again fol- 
lowing his occupation as carpenter and joiner, finally 
removed his family to the West, the females, childi-en, 
and goods being in a covered wagon, and he and his 
eldest son Samuel attending on foot, Samuel carrying 
the gun of his grandfather referred to on a previous 
page, after the tedious journey of three weeks, settling 
and becoming a pioneer in a new, unsettled country,* 
there, by industry and self-denial, to meet with suffic- 
ient success, and to rear a family inured to the dis- 
comfoiis of pioneer life and splendidly endowed with 
the independence, self-reliance, and sterling qualities 
of character which such a life educes and develops. 
A son writes : " My father came to Western New York 
in 1819, when it was the frontier, and we have all 
known what such a life was, but as a family we strug- 
gled against poverty and ignorance, until it is with 
some degi'ee of pride that I review our record." 

He died in Boston, Erie County, New York, Feb- 
ruary 11, 1838. His funeral sermon was from ii Cor. 
5:15. His wife died August 8, 1858. Monuments to 
both are erected in Boston. 

His children were nine in number : 1, SAMUEL ; 

♦In 1807 one log house was the only buQdiug ou the site of the present City of 
Rochester . 


1. SAMUEL FOSDICK, b. March 8, 1799, at ^ew- 
burgli ; wlien a lad went to Albany, and was for a time 
in the store of Job Gould, merchant ; afterward learned 
his father's trade and became a carpenter ; m. 1, 
Caroline Humphreys, at Boston, New York, 1823 ; she 
b. May 17, 1807, d. April 27, 1858 ; m. 2, Sarah Car- 
son, 1860 ; he died 1868, at Youngstown, New York, 
five chn. — 1, Samuel Warren, b. August 2, 1824, d. 
September 15, 1843, at Youngstown — 2, Sarah Ann, 
m. Alfred B. Ellsworth ; he teacher, d. February 4, 
1881 ; she lived Buffalo, 1882 ; several chn.: 1, Mary, 
b. 1850, teacher ; m. Dr. Wyckoff; Hved Buffalo, 1882, 
(two chn, unknown) ; 2, John b. 1857 ; 3, Alfred ; 
others unknown— 3, Hiram Y., b. 1825 ; Cashier State 
Bank of Randolph, twenty years ; in 1882, became 
Cashier Salamanca National Bank ; Democratic can- 
didate for County Clerk, 1882 ; m. Helen Windsor ; no 
chn.— 4, Mary Lucinda, b. 1827, d. 1829—5, Dora, b. 
1861, lives with her uncle, John S. Fosdick, at West- 

2. ANGELINE FOSDICK, b. February 19, 1810, 
Newburgh ; m. Nicholas Bonsteel, February 28, 1830, 
at East Otto, New York; he b. August 24, 1797, d. Sep- 
tember 22, 1877 ; she d. January 21, 1875, at Great 
VaUey, New York ; four chn. — 1, Edwin, m. Eliza A. 
Rowland, lives Great Valley, farmer, four chn.; 1, 
Arthur Ulysses ; 2, Ernest Lynn ; 3, Orrin Squire ; 4, 
Dora Luella — 2, Ursula Courtney, m. William Bon- 
steel, lives Great Valley, interested in the family his- 
tory, and communicated much valued information for 
this record — 3, Morris Fosdick, farmer, s., lives Great 
Valley — 4, Almon Spencer, (Dr.), b. July 12, 1838 ; m. 
Mary Emma Eaton, December 12, 1865 ; physician at 
Corry, Pennsylvania, where he died, November 23, 


1887 ; was prominent in his profession, delighted in 
literary pursuits, not unskilled in poetry ; member of 
the School Board, and held a high position in the 
Masonic fraternity. His position and the esteem in 
which he was held are indicated by the resolutions 
passed at his death, one of those of the medical pro- 
fession of Corry being, " Kesolved that in the death of 
Dr. Bonsteel, the medical profession of the City of 
Corry, as well as all lovers of sound learning, litera- 
ture, philanthropy, indeed of all that elevates and hu- 
manizes mankind, and the whole community in which 
he lived, have parted with one who in every sphere in 
which he moved was a bright and shining Hght," and 
one of those of the School Board being : " Resolved, 
that by his death society has been deprived of an ex- 
emplary member, whose integrity in all business 
alfairs, whose high sense of honor, moral purity in all 
the relations of life, justly inspired the confidence and 
commanded the respect of all who knew him, and 
among those who knew him best was he most admired. 
As a man he was honored and respected ; as a physi- 
cian eminent, ever willing to sacrifice himself for the 
welfare of those he served."^ Four chn.: 1, Ray 
Livingston, b. January 1, 1870 ; 2, Lottie May, b. 
February 11, 1872 ; 3, Morris Courtney, b. February 
11, 1872 ; and 4, Mary Emma, b. March 24, 1877. 

3. PRUDENCE FOSDICK, b. December 13, 1803, 
at Rockaway, Long Island, m. Joseph Alger, at Bos- 
ton, New York, 1821, d. 1848, five chn.— 1, Fanny P., 
b. 1823, m. Mortimer Adams, two chn.: 1, Emma, b. 
1847, m. George Velzey, h. d. 1882, (two chn.; 1, Clara 
Adams, b. 1870, and 2, George b. 1872) ; 2, Clara, m. 
— 2, Maky Ann, b. 1827, m. Anson Oatman, d. January 
2, 1890, at Boston, New York, four chn.: 1, Morris, 

1. Local Paper. 


m. twice ; 2, Eva, b. 1858, teacher ; 3, Delos, and 4, 
May, b. 1865 — 3, Miranda, d. aet. 3 — 4, Eollin, b. 
1833, m. Harriet Edmunds, Boston, New York, three 
chn.: 1, Fanny, b. 1860; 2, Francis, b. 1862, m. 
Chase ; and 3, Eva, b. 1866—5, Miranda, b. 1837, m. 
Steele, one ch.: 1, Jennie, b. 1860, d. 1875. 

4. M0EEI8 FOSDICK, b. December 9, 1804, at 
Eockaway, never m., d. February 3, 1872, at Spring- 
ville, New York ; learned the trade of shoemaker, 
tanner and currier, of Hatch & Alger, in Boston ; 
worked in Buffalo and Wales ; was partner in business 
with Griffin Swain, of Otto, for several years ; when 
academy was first opened, sold out his interest in the 
tannery business, and became a student ; entered law 
ofiice of Elisha Mack ; taught school several winters ; 
admitted to bar in 1838 ; practised law in Springville 
until his death ; v/as twice elected Justice of the Peace ; 
in 1857 was elected Supervisor, and became Chairman 
of the Board. " His fidehty to official trusts was pro- 
verbial, but not Jess so than was his faithfulness to 
private interests entrusted to his care and keeping." ^ 
He had paid some attention to the family genealogy, 
especially that of his mother's (the Thorne) family ; 
and his manuscript statement was being transmitted 
to the compiler of the present record, when the mail 
car containing it was burned, and its contents de- 

June 21, 1807, at Eockaway, Long Island ; was named 
after Alice Bannister of that place, a gift from whom 
is still preserved ; m. Stillman Andrews, 1825, at 
Springville, New York ; he carpenter, d. 1859 ; she d. 
1888, at Jamestown, New York ; three chn. — 1, Anna 
Love, b. October 21, 1827, m. Hosea Ballou, h. b. 

1. Local Paper. 


January 9, 1825, d., s. cL 1867, six chn.: 1, Florence 
Adelia, b. March 29, 1847, m. William H. Thompson, 
October 6, 1866, (two chn.: 1, Dora ; 2, Flora Belle, 
both d. chn.); 2, Charles H., b. June 28, 1849, d. 
November 18, 1860 ; 3, Hubert C, b. August 28, 1854, 
R. R.; 4, Paul H., b. February 21, 1859 ; 5, AHce J., 
b. December 5, 1862 ; 6, Grant C, b. October 14, 
1854 — 2, Addison Denis, b. November 10, 1829, m. 
Adaline Searle ; served in the army through the war ; 
lives North Dakota ; three chn.: 1, Almeda L., b. 
December 15, 1856, m. Louis Bunker, (one ch.; 1, 
Margery) ; 2, Albert L., b. July 18, 1858, d. March 9, 
1864 ; 3, Arthur, b. February 17, 1862—3, Stella Au- 
gusta, lives Jamestown. 

1809, at Amsterdam, New York ; m. Camden C. Lake, 
carpenter, March 1, 1832, at Springville, d. November 
19, 1874, at SpringviUe, h. d. January 12, 1878, aet. 75, 
three chn. — 1, Lauretta N., b. April 24, 1833, at 
Springville, m. xisa R. Taber, August 27, 1857, h. b. 
July 2, 1833, at New Bedford, one ch., d. inft.— 2, Wal- 
ter P., b. Febmary 23, 1835, d. March 11, 1835.— 
3, Hiram H., b. October 2, 1842, d. September 1, 1855. 

7. MARY THORNE FOSDICK, b. July 4, 1811, at 
Rensselaerville, New York ; m. James Getty July 4, 
1833, at Springville ; he b. Troy, October 28, 1803, en- 
listed in Union Army, wounded at Fort Donelson and 
discharged, went to Helena, Arkansas, acquired a 
competence and d. there August, 1864; she d. Janu- 
ary 16, 1891, at Hamburgh, New York ; six chn. — 1, 
George W., b. November 6, 1834, m, lives East Ham- 
bm-gh, one ch., 1 Mary, m. Colwell, lives Buffalo. — 2, 
Lavant W., b. August 12, 1837, m., d. August 23, 1878, 
at Jackson, Tennessee, no ch. — 3, William Wallace, 


b. September 29, 1839, m. Sarah Jane Sauerwine, 
farmer, lives N. Kingsville, Ohio, five chn.: 1, Nellie 
Euphoena ; 2, Guj Elmer ; 3, Florence May ; 4, Jesse 
Warren; and 5, Isadora Cornelia. — 4, Louisa E., b. 
September 7, 1842, m. Abram Coon, September 2, 
1860, lives E. Hamburgh, six chn.: 1, Charles Elmer, 
b. October 27, 1861, d. February 27, 1868 ; 2, George 
Frederick, b. August 27, 1863, d. January 27, 1870; 
3, Willis Eugene, b. 1870 ; 4, Mary Maud, b. 1873 ; 5, 
Charles Abram, b. December 11, 1874, d. March 2, 
1875 ; and 6, Iva May, b. 1876.— 5. Mary Cornelia, 
b. December 17, 1844, d. August 17, 1854.— 6. Na- 
thaniel N., b. February 11, 1847, m., no chn., lives 
Erie, Pa. 

8. JOHN SPENCEE FOSDICK, b. March 3, 1817, 
at Eensselaerville ; learned his father's trade, but be- 
came a teacher by profession ; commenced teaching in 
1833, taught in winter, worked at trade in summer, 
until 1839, when he made teaching his exclusive em- 
ployment ; was in Buffalo twenty-eight years ; left for 
larger salary to take charge of Academy and Union 
School at Westfield, New York, and remained in 
charge until July, 1878, when he relinquished teach- 
ing, and has since given his whole attention to his 
farm ; while in Buffalo was a Deacon and lay preacher 
in Baptist Church ; lives Westfield, New York ; m. 1, 
Eunice Andrews at Brimfield, Massachusetts, Novem- 
ber 16, 1841 ; s. d. September 7, 1843 ; m. 2, Mary E. 
Blain, dau. of Eeverend J. Blain, of Buffalo, July 3, 
1845; four chn.: — 1. Charles A., b. September 6, 
1842, m. Sarah E. Stoddard at Villa Eidge, 111.; a suc- 
cessful author of books for boys under noon de plume 
of " Harry Castlemon," (Porter and Coates, Philadel- 
phia, publishers) ; two chn.: 1. John S.; and 2, . 

( d^^-^w^^ 


—2. William Morkis, b. 1849, d. 1850.— 3. John S., 
d. cli. — 4. Frank S., b. March 11, 1851 ; m. Annie I. 
"Weaver at Westfield, August 27, 1873; graduated 
Rocliester University 1872 ; Professor Latin and Greek 
in Buffalo High School ; four chn.: 1, Harry E.; 2, 
Ethel D., b. November 24, 1880, d. March 22, 1881 ; 3, 
Raymond B., b. June 9, 1883, and 4, Edith W., b. 
June 9, 1883. 

9. JESSE THOENE FOSDICK, b. April 28, 1819, 
at Eensselaerville, learned trade of carpenter and 
joiner and millwright ; taught architecture 1848-9 ; in 
Car Department of Erie Railway, at Horn ells ville, in 
1851-2-3 ; entered employ of Atlantic and Great 
Western Company, in 1859 ; appointed Foreman of 
Salamanca Car Shops in 1863 ; Supervisor of Sala- 
manca in 1866 ; Democratic candidate for Assembly, 
1868 ; removed to Randolph, in charge of Railway 
Shop, 1869 ; returned to take charge of Salamanca 
Car Shop, 1871; Trustee Village Randolph, 1871; 
General Foreman of Atlantic and Great Western Dis- 
patch ; contributor to local papers ; W. M. of 
Masonic Lodge, three years ; Warden St. Mary's Pro- 
testant Episcopal Church ; m. Susan B. Jones of 
Essex, Vermont, January 2, 1841 ; s, b. Burlington, 
Vermont, in 1822 ; at the age of thirteen she moved 
with her parents to Randolph, where she lived when 
she married ; s. d. May 27, 1891, stricken with par- 
alysis, d. in three hours ; obituary notice in local pa- 
per states : " Mrs. Fosdick lived a noble. Christian 
life, being a communicant of St. Mary's Episcopal 
Church. She was ever ready to sympathise with and 
help those in trouble, and very charitable toward the 
needy." He lives Salamanca ; five chn. — 1, Alice A., 
b. March 24, 1842, d. December 8, 1844, Ohio— 2, 


Agnes, b. March 24, 1842, d. December 14, 1844, OMo 
— 3, Emily S., b. December 15, 1845, m. James A, 
Williams, Salamanca, two elm.: 1, Jessie Fosdick, b. 
September 10, 1867, m. Willis Graves Mead, Septem- 
ber 12, 1888, Cortland, New York ; (one cli.; 1, Jessie 
G., b. September 12, 1889); and 2, Frankie C, b. 
March 2, 1870—4, Jessie Kate, b. September 4, 1849, 
m. Charles Chamberlain, of Dayton, Ohio, December 
17, 1867, h. d. Dayton, December 26, 1888, s. lives 
Dayton, three chn.: 1, William Fosdick, b. February 
20, 1870, student at Dennison University, Ohio ; 2, 
Anna Thorne, b. September 14, 1878, d. January 7, 
1879; and 3, Susan E. Fosdick— 5, Elizabeth Morris, 
b. October 5, 1862 ; graduate of St. Elizabeth's Semin- 
ary, at Alleghany, with salutatory address, 1882 ; lives 
with her father at Salamanca. 

See Suggestion, p. 76. 



Generatiox. Name. 

I., Stephen Fosdick, 

II., John Fosdick, 
III., Samuel Fosdick First, 
lY., Samuel Fosdick Second, 
v., Samuel Fosdick Third, - 

VI., Silas Fosdick, 

Sarah Fosdick Brown, 
Samuel Fosdick Fourth, 
Nathaniel Fosdick, - 
Anna Fosdick Valentine, 
Prudence Fosdick Lawrence, 
Morris Fosdick, 
Solomon Fosdick, 

Year of Death. 


1664, - 

- 81 



- 1700, - 

- 45 

after 1767, 

over 83 

1792, - 

- 82 



1824, - 

- 67 



1835, - 

- 73 



1854, - 

- 88 



1838, - 

- 62 


The record is closed with the gratifying reflection 
that, while no remarkable persons or events appear in 
its pages, the lineage it discloses is one of integrity 
and honor in all its branches, and uniformly in accord 
with its honorable, though unpretentious, ancestry. 

The compiler expresses his sincere thanks to those 
who have contributed information. 


Page 51, line 8, supply date of marriage, "August 27, 1758," inad- 
vertently omitted. 

Page 69, ' 'Add Portraits of these three grandsons have been kindly 
furnished at the request of the compiler, and an engraving 
of each will be found at its appropriate place in the text, 
namely; of Morris Fosdick, opposite page 114; of John S. 
Fosdick, opposite page 128; and of Jesse T. Fosdick, op- 
posite page 130." 

Page 77, last line, and page 78, line 8, for "THEDOEUS," read 

Page 79, line 12, for "James," read "James." 

Page 83, line 24, for "Lucy," read " 1, Lucy." 

Page 90. line 13, for "Estella," read "1, Estella." 

Page 93, line 4 and 5, for " — 1, Sakah," read '* 1, Sarah." 

Page 94, line 15, for " Camac," read " Comae." 

Page 128. Note the death of John Spencer Fosdick, which oc- 
curred May 19, 1892, while the last pages were being 



Abigail, 83; Adrian M., 108; Agnes, 130; Aletta, 73; 
Alexander S., 112 ; Alice, 1U7 ; Alice A., 129 ; 
Alice Hermion Pelham, 123, 126; Amzi L., 87; 
Angeline, 91, 123, 124: ; Ann, 72, 86 ; Ann Maria, 86, 88, 89 ; 
Anna, 3, 59, 67, 67, 91-95, 131 ; Anna Augusta, 108 ; 
Arthur, 76 ; Ashley, 72. 

Belinda, 72 ; Betsey, 88. 

Calvin, 72; Caroline Baylis, 117; Carrie, 109; Carrie E., 87; 
Carrie Estelle, 118; Catharine, 86; Catharine A., 107, 109; 
Catharine Ann, 107; Catharine Buell, 87, Charity Ann, 109; 
Charles, 83, 83, 107, 108, 108; Charles A., 107, 128, Charles B., 109; 
Charles H . , 109 ; Charles H. B., 108 ; Clarence, 83 ; 
Clarinda, 72, 76 ; Crawford, 88. 

David, 81, 82, 83, 83, 88 ; Davis, 73 ; 

Deborah, 59, 59, 60, 67, 67, 72, 73, 82, 82, 84, 103, 122 ; Dora, 124 ; 

Dory.E., 88. 

Edith W., 129 ; Elbert E., 117 ; Eliphalet P., 88 ; 
Eliza, 74, 83, 86, 86, Eliza Ann, 107 ; Elizabeth B., 107, 112 ; 
Elizabeth Gurney, 123, 127; Elizabeth Morris, 8, 130; 
Elizabeth N., I(i9 ; Elizabeth T, 83 ; Ella Louisa, 117 ; 
Ellen Jane, 88; Elmira, 74; Emeline, 84; Emily S., 130; 
Epenetus, 82, 83, 84; Erastus H., 7, 84; Erastus H. Jr., 84; 
Ethel D., 129 ; Eva Dora, 88. 

Fanny Craft, 117; Fanny Hicks, 91, 107, 110; Frances C, 108; 
Frances Elmeda, 88 ; Frank S., 129 ; Frederick M., 107. 

George D., 109; George Morris, 110; George Seaman, 110; 
George W., 72, 73; Gershom, 71, 72, 72; Gilbert, 86; 
Glorianna, 107 ; Gordon, 107. 

H. Elizabeth, 109; Hannah, 74, 119; Hannah M., 107; 
Harriet E., 84 ; Harry E., 129 ; Hattie E., 87 ; Henry C, 82, 82 ; 
Hiram, 72 ; Hiram Y., 124. 

Ida, 83 ; Isaac, 72, 72 ; Isaac G., 108. 

134 INDEX. 

Jacob, 74; James Leonard, 110; Jeremiah, 108; Jerusha, 72; 
Jesse B., 88; Jesse Thorne, 8, 63, 69, 123, 129; Jessie Kate, 130; 
Joanna, 88 ; 
John, 3, 19, 23, 26, 27, 27, 28, 28, 29, 31, 33, 34, 35, 71, 72, 74, 76, 77, 

81, 85, 86, 86, 91, 97, 101, 103, 107, 119, 121, 131 ; 
John Baylis, 117 ; John D., 88 ; John D. Jr., 107 ; 
John Doughty, 107, 107 ; John F., 107 ; John Norbury, 7, 83 ; 
John S., 128, 129; John Sheldon, 118; 
John Spencer, 8, 69, 123, 124, 128; Joseph P., 7, 88; 
Joseph E., 88; Julia, 72; Juliet, 107. 

Kate, 83 ; Katie, 110. 

Laura Ann, 75; Leonora B., 118; Letitia A., 107; Lewis, 109; 
Lewis L., 1, 6, 115; Lewis E., 118; Louisa, 73; 
Louisa Augusta, 84 ; Louisa C, 87 ; Louisa May, 88 ; Lucy, 83 ; 
Ludlow, 72 ; Lulu; 109. 

Maria, 108 ; Martha J., 107 ; 

Mary, 7, 72, 72, 74, 82, 82, 83, 84, 86, 86 ; Mary A., 84 ; 

Mary E., 107 ; Mary Elizabeth, 110 ; Mary Emma, 109 ; 

Mary F., 87 ; Mary J.. 107 ; Mary Jane, 84, 112, 117 ; 

Mary Lucinda, 124 ; Mary P., 88 ; Mary Thorne, 123, 127 ; 

Matilda P., 88 ; Minnie, 88 ; 

Morris, 3, 6, 16, 58, 59, 59, 67, 67, 67, 68, 68, 69, 72, 74, 81, 82, 91, 

101, 103-118, 122, 123, 126, 131; 
Morris (of Morris), 6, 68, 104, 107, 112, 113-115; Morris C, 108; 
Morris Le Gross, 118; Morris M., 117; Moses, 83, 107. 

Nathan, 7, 87 ; Nathan H. Jr., 87 ; 

Nathaniel, 3, 59, 67, 67, 82, 83, 85-90, 119, 119, 131 ; 

Nelson B., 7, 75 ; Nelson W., 76 ; Nettie, 109 ; Nicholas, 107. 

Oakley J., 88. 

Peter, 108 ; Phebe, 72, 72, 74 ; Phebe Jane, 108 ; 
Prudence, 3, 59, 67 67, 97-100, 123, 125, 131. 

Eachel, 86; Eaymond B., 129; Eebecea, 3, 59, 67, 6S, 101 ; 
Eichard, 72, 107, 112 ; Euth, 88. 

Samuel First, 3, 26, 27, 34, 34, 37, 39-44, 47, 52, 53, 71, 76, 77, 81, 

85, 91, 97, 101, 103, 119, 121, 131 ; 
Samuel Second, 3, 40, 43, 43, 45, 47-54, 58, 71, 76, 77, 81, 85, 91, 97, 

101, 103, 119, 121, 131 ; 
Samuel Third, 1, 3, 6, 48, 49, 50, 50, 51, 51, 51, 53, 53, 53, 54, 55, 

57-65, 67, 68, 71, 76, 77, 77, 81, 81, 85, 85, 91, 91, 97, 97, 101, 

101, 103, 103, 119, 119, 121, 121, 131 ; 
Samuel Fourth, 3, 59, 61, 67, 67, 81-84, 121, 121, 131; 

INDEX. 135 

Samuel, 72, 123, 123, 124; Samuel Martin, 107, 112; 

Samuel R., Iii7; Samuel Richard, 108; Samuel Thorne, 81, 83; 

Samuel W., SI; Samuel "Warren, 124; 

Sarah, 3, 58, 61. 67, 67, 72, 73, 77-79, 86, 108, 109, 131; 

Sarah A., 87; Sarah Ann, 124; Sarah Elizabeth, 108; 

Sarah F., 107; Seaman, l(i7, 109; 

Silas, 3, 58, 61, 62. 62, 63, 63, 67, 67, 68, 71-76, 131 ; 

Silas, Jr., 72. 72, 76; 

Solomon, 3, 59, 59, 59, 60, 62, 63, 67, 68, 69, 83, 86, 87. 91, 101, 103, 

104, 104, 1"4, 107, 112, 121-13!', 131; 
Stephen, 3, 15, 19, 19, 20, 20, 20, 21, 23-29, 33, 48, 52, 52, 53, 53, 71, 

76, 77, 81, S5, 91. 97, 101, 103, 106, 119, 121, 131; 
Stephen M., 1U9; Susan Matilda, 108. 

Thomas, 3, 59. 67, 68, 86, 87, 119; Thomas H., 88. 

Udara J., 107 ; Underhill C, 83. 

William, 74, 88, 107; William B.. 7, 72, 72. 74, 75, 1"9; 
William C, 75; William C. H., 108; William H., 109; 
William Morris, 129; William S., 84. 



Abrams, 108, 111 ; Adams, 125 ; Alger, 125, 126 ; Anderson, 90 ; 
Andrews, 8, 126, 127 ; Arnold, 72. 

Babcock, 99 ; Ballon, 126, 127 ; Barmore, 78 ; Bates, 72 ; 
Becraft, 7, 93; Bedell, 7, 94. 95; Bennett, 112, 113; 
Bonsteel, 7, 124, 125; Bostwick, 79; Briggs. 72; Brower, HI, 112; 
Brown, 3, 67, 75, 77, 78. 79, 131 ; Browning, 88; Bryan, 88 ; 
Bunker, 127; Burr, 94. 

Chamberlain, 180 ; Chambers, 87 ; Claget, 99 ; Clark, 98 ; 
Clayton. 108; Colwell, 127; Combes, 111; Connolly. 89, 9ii; 
Cooke, 7, 95; Coon, 128; Covil, 74; Craft, 94, 110, 111; 
Crapser, 73 ; Crowner, 89. 

Davis, 7, 73, 74 ; Delana, 74 ; Denslo, 87 ; Dewell, 99 ; 
Dickinson, 82 ; Dubois, 78 ; Dunham, 99 ; Dutcher, 72. 

Earl, 94; Edwards, 86, 98; Ellsworth, 124. 

Fassett, 99; Finley, 110; Fox, 113; Free, 78; Fuller, 88. 

Gale, 117; Gardner, 7. 86; Getty, 8, 127, 128; Gilman, 93; 
Grames, 8G ; Griffin, 73, 74 ; Griffiths, 88. 

136 INDEX. 

Harper, 119 ; Hawley, 88, 99 ; Hendriekson, 103, 109 ; Higbie, 109 ; 
Hines, 3, 68. 101, 102 ; Hultz, 86 ; Hyatt, 94. 

Ingram, 78. 

Knapp, 7, 74, 111; Kuykendall, 98, 99. 

Lake, 127; Lameron, 99; Langdon, 112; Laaning, 72; 
Lawrence, 3, 7, 67, 97, 98, 99, 100, 131; Lewis, 86; Lindley, 99; 
Loomis, 93 ; Lounsbury, 92 ; Lyons, 98. 

Madison, 93 ; Marony, 86 ; Mascho, 7, 74 ; Mastin, 78 ; 
Mattliews, 89; Mead, 98, 130; Mercer, 74; Merwin, 72; 
Millard, 99, 100 ; Miller, 7, 99 ; Mills, 117 ; Mott, 93 ; Mullen, 78 ; 
Mumford, 73 ; McCullum, 112. 

Newcome, 74; Norbury, 82. 

Oatman, 125, 126. 

Peck, 72, 117 ; Penney, 88 ; Phillips, 7, 78, 79 ; Plank, 74 ; 
Price, 75 ; Pugsley, 7, 92, 93. 

Quimby, 82. 

Eeimer, 74 ; Eiley, 72 ; Einehart, 109 ; Eipley, 100 ; Eogers, 92. 

Sayre, 84; Sexton, 7, 89, 90; Sharkey, 107; Shaw, 109; 
Sheldon, 100; Sloane, 92, 93; Smith, 7, 93, 94, 99, 111, 112; 
Stage, 99 ; Stansbury, 7, 93, 94, 95 ; Steele, 126 ; Stoneham, 90 ; 
Stoney, 109 ; Swart, 99. 

Taber, 127 ; Thompson, 127 ; Thornton, 88 ; Turnbull, 99. 

Valentine, 3, 67, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 131 ; Van Brunt, 7, 87, 88 ; 
Van Buren, 7, 100; Vandemark, 99; Van Vorst, H'O; 
Van Zandt, 74; Velie, 78, 79; Velzey, 125. 

Walton, 99 ; Wanser, 108 ; Washburn, 73 ; Weygant, 94 ; Whaley, 
111; Whitehead, 86, 87; Whitlock, 7, 99; Williams, 130; Wood, 7, 
88, 100 ; Wright, 98 ; Wyatt, 74 ; Wyckoff, 124. 

Young, 88, 89. 



Abrams, 110, 111; Andrews, 12S; Austin, 87; 

Baker, 78, 89; Bancroft 73; Barber, 94; Baylis, 114; 
Bennett, 109, 116 ; Blain, 128 ; Bostwick, 7, 78 ; Brehoort. 107 ; 
Brumaghim, 100; 

INDEX. 137 

Capel, 111; Carpenter, 75; Carson, 121; Chaso, 120; Cole, 86; 
Coles, 111 ; Conine, 83 ; Cox, 75 

Davids, 83 ; Davis, 72. 78, 99 ; Doughty, 106 ; Downs, !)2, 93 ; 
Draper, 72 ; Duncan, 78 ; 

Eaton. 124; Edmunds, 126; Eiteman, 83; Ellis. 72; 

Fenn, 111; Fisher, 94; Foster, 107; Fryer, '99; 

Golder. 108; Grimes, 88; Grover, 112; 

Hallock, 71; Harper, 74; Henderson, 109; Hirst, 113; Hull. 100; 
Hultz, 86 ; Humphreys, 124 ; 

Irwin, 83 ; 

Jones, 129; 

Kennedy, 88; Knapp, 74; 

La Eosa, 94 ; Lawrence, 72 ; Le Gross. 51 ; Lowers, 89 ; 

McCon, 88 ; Marcellus, 99 ; Maroe, 87 ; Moore, 58 : Moral, 86 ; 
Morrell, 108 ; Murray, 109 ; 

Nostrand, 109 ; 

Offerley, 89 ; 

Picket, 39 ; Plumsted, 87 ; Pottinger, 110 ; 

Kemsen, 117; Kington, 88; Robins, 100; Bobbins, 89; 
Rowland, 124 ; 

Sauerwine, 128 ; Searle, 127 ; Seward, 88 ; Shadbolt. 57, 72 ; 
Shapley, 34 ; Smith, 78 ; Spirling, 109 ; Sprague, 100 ; 
Stoddard, 128 ; Strickland, 94 ; Sutton, 108 ; 

Terry, 116; Thomas, 90; Thorue, 81, 121 ; Tompson, 74; 
Turner, 47 ; 

Underbill, 83 ; 

Valentine, 109 ; 

Wanser, 108 ; Weaver, 129 ; Webb, 88 ; Wethorell, 23 ; Wiley, 74 ; 
Williams, 129; Windsor, 124; Wright, 58.